Proposed Development

Smithy Bridge

Littleborough, Rochdale, OL15 8QF

Thank you for visiting the website, where we are sharing our update on plans for new homes to the west of Smithy Bridge Road, Rochdale.

Thank you for visiting the website, where we are sharing our update on plans for new homes to the west of Smithy Bridge Road, Rochdale.

We have been working with Rochdale Council and the planning application has now been submitted. The proposals will deliver a number of local benefits for Rochdale residents, alongside the delivery of new high-quality homes.  The development of homes in this location will generate employment opportunities during construction, bring increased spend to local shops and services generated by the new residents as well as Council Tax revenue which can be invested in improvements to the local area.

As part of the evolution of the scheme, we undertook a period of public consultation. As part of the planning application, Rochdale Council will undertake their own consultation.
If you would like to get in touch with us regarding this project, you can contact us by email at [email protected] 

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Our proposals for Smithy Bridge

Homes proposed

The land at Smithy Bridge Road is located to the north east of Rochdale town centre, to the east of Smallbridge and to the south of Littleborough.

The plans are for a high-quality residential neighbourhood, respectful of the site’s location on the edge of Littleborough. The delivery of this development would contribute to Rochdale Borough Council’s target of building around 500 homes every year to meet local demand.

The plans include:
• 199 new family homes (a reduction on the previous scheme)
• New landscaping and public open space 
• Part of a new link road to relieve congestion on the A58.

Rochdale Council recognises this opportunity and the contributions the proposals at land west of Smithy Bridge Road can make to meeting the housing needs of the Borough and Greater Manchester as a whole. This is recognised through the proposed allocation of the site for around 200 homes in the emerging Places for Everyone Plan for Greater Manchester. It’s important to understand that the site is not and has never been part of the Green Belt.


Design and character

The new homes are a mix of family sized homes up to a maximum of 2.5 storeys in height and the materials will be reflective of the local character of Littleborough. 
The masterplan has been rigorously reviewed and developed to ensure the highest quality of development can be delivered. The scheme has also been assessed again by expert design review panel Places Matter, who made recommendations around layout, landscaping and pedestrian access which are now incorporated into the proposals. 

Community benefits

As delivering much needed family homes, our proposals will deliver a range of economic benefits for Rochdale, which can be seen here and include:

Building the houses
•    £36.7 million estimated investment in the construction of the proposed development
•    Creation of circa 85 new jobs in the construction period, including youth training opportunities.
•    £6.9 million in economic output GVA (Gross Value Added) per annum of construction across North West, including £4.2 million in Rochdale

Once people move in
•    £2.5 million uplift in annual retail expenditure by new residents
•    £1.2 million uplift in annual leisure expenditure by new residents
•    Over £420,000 per annum in new Council tax receipts in the higher bands.


The planning application has now been submitted and is expected to be determined in the first half of 2023.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here we include responses to some frequently asked questions.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team. You can do this by Freephone 0808 1688 296 or by email at [email protected] .

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