Proposed Development

Smithy Bridge

Littleborough, Rochdale, OL15 8QF

Taylor Wimpey has submitted a full planning application for 200 new homes.

Taylor Wimpey has submitted a full planning application for the development of new homes at Smithy Bridge Road, Littleborough.  The development will consist of three, four and five bedroom homes and associated infrastructure including public open space and landscaping.  A copy of our planning application can be viewed here

The site is supported by a draft housing allocation in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), which was published for consultation in October 2016. GMSF is now known as Places for Everyone, The next draft is expected to be published for consultation this summer.
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Development Map

Homes proposed

We are proposing to develop a high quality residential development which respects the site’s location on the edge of Littleborough. The proposals will seek to create an attractive transition from the countryside to the urban area whilst respecting the river valley. Our current proposals are for 200 new homes.  
Our current proposals are for 200 new homes alongside additional primary and secondary school places within the local area, outdoor sports provision and highways. 

Homes will be up to 2.5 storeys in height, and the design and materials will be reflective of the local character of Littleborough. The masterplan has been assessed by Places Matter who made recommendations which were included in the proposals.  Places Matter are an expert Design Review panel, led by members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects (RIBA) who provide independent advice to help ensure developments reach their full potential. 

The site has been evaluated against the Building for Life 12 design criteria (the Government-endorsed industry standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods) and is found to achieve a ‘green’ score against all the criteria.  This achieves the highest possible score demonstrating the quality of the design proposals and the neighbourhood that the scheme will create.

History of the site

The land at Smithy Bridge Road measures approximately 14.2 hectares (35 acres) and is located to the north east of Rochdale town centre, to the east of Smallbridge and to the south of Littleborough.
The site is proposed to be allocated for housing in the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (now known as Places for Everyone) which is due to be adopted in 2020. 

Community benefits

Our development will deliver a range of much needed community benefits for Rochdale including set within 7.09 hectares of new public open spaces and 355 metres of new community walks and cycleways. Further benefits for Rochdale include financial contributions towards additional primary and secondary school places within the local area, outdoor sports provision and highways.

Economic benefits of the development

Building the houses
•    £34.2 million estimated investment in the construction of the proposed development
•    Creation of circa 145 new jobs in the construction period, including youth training opportunities.
•    £8 million in economic output GVA (Gross Value Added) per annum of construction across North West, including £5 million in Rochdale

Once people move in
•    £2.3 million uplift in annual retail expenditure by new residents
•    £1.2 million uplift in annual leisure expenditure by new residents
•    Over £390,000 per annum in new Council tax receipts in the higher bands.


Our full planning application has been submitted to Rochdale Council.  A copy can be viewed here.  
Anticipated Timescales
Determination of planning application - Late autumn 2021
Start on site - Spring 2022
First home occupied - Late 2022

Homes proposed features