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Former Oldham Mumps railway site ‘on track’ for new homes

Published: Thursday 03 March 2022

The brownfields around the old railway station and railway line at Oldham Mumps will soon be turned into much-needed new homes.

Oldham Council is regenerating the redundant 3.5 hectare site, with work well underway to create access and clear the land ready for future development.

Councilor Hannah Roberts, cabinet member for housing, recently visited the site to see the progress of the work.

She said: “This is a great opportunity to build new houses and breathe new life into this abandoned land.

“Our approach has always been brownfields first and we want to see affordable, modern and environmentally friendly homes built on this site.

“On the outskirts of the town centre, residents will benefit from superb transport links and benefit from fantastic new opportunities and new venues created through the regeneration of Oldham town center – including the redeveloped Spindles, a new theater and the new Jubilee Park.”

Oldham Council, which owns the land together with Transport for Greater Manchester, is currently preparing the site ahead of the tender for a delivery partner in the spring.

The site could be suitable for a mix of up to 150 new low-rise homes and apartments, including affordable housing that will be rented to those in need of accommodation on the housing register.

The Oldham Mumps development follows news that plans to build a new Lidl and hotel at the adjacent Prince’s Gate will also continue, with planning application expected later this year.

The preparatory works are being funded by the Brownfield Housing Fund after we successfully bid up to £4.5m to start work on the challenging long-term vacant site which connects to Southlink Business Park.

The Brownfield Housing Fund is a government program that aims to unlock brownfield sites for development.

It is also helping us launch the London Road/Abbotsford Road development, Derker, following a successful £2million bid.

Here we plan to build about 150 new homes on municipally owned land that was cleared 10 years ago as part of the Housing Market Renewal Program.

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