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Cash secured for Oldham brownfield sites

Words: Laura Edgar
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Oldham Council has provisionally secured £6.5 million from the government's Brownfield Housing Fund to regenerate two brownfield sites and deliver 415 homes.

Each site will feature a mix of affordable housing to be let to those on its housing register, the council has said.

The site at London Road / Abbotsford Road, Derker, £2 million will help the council deliver around 150 homes on land it owns. It was cleared 10 years ago as part of the Housing Market Renewal programme. The council intends for the homes to be low carbon and energy efficient, an aim set out in its Green New Deal initiative.

Up to 265 homes will be delivered on a brownfield site near Southlink Business Park using £4.5 million of funding. The land includes part of the former railway line around Mumps. This site is owned by the council and Transport for Greater Manchester.

Hannah Roberts, cabinet member for housing, said: “Oldham Council’s approach has always been brownfield first. These schemes will bring much-needed new, affordable, modern homes to Oldham.

“They will regenerate land that has stood empty for far too long and they will support our commitment to protect the borough’s precious green belt and open spaces from development, as outlined in the latest draft of Places for Everyone.

“We will apply for planning permission as soon as possible to get going on building the homes people need.”

The cabinet has agreed to process funding agreements.

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