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ROCHDALE: Town centre in line for £17 million boost

ROCHDALE: Town centre in line for £17 million boost

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Rochdale has emerged as one of the big winners from the latest round of government funding aimed at revitalising town centres.

The town has been awarded  £17m from the Future High Streets fund – more than anywhere in the country bar Grimsby and Woolwich.

The cash will be ploughed into phase two of the flagship Riverside development – which has already brought big names such as M&S, Next and Nandos to the town as well as a Reel Cinema.

This £50m scheme will see a new hotel and hundreds of ‘city living’ apartments built next to the Smith Street retail and leisure destination.

The news has been welcomed by Councillor John Blundell, cabinet member for economy and communications.

Coun Blundell – also a Rochdale Development Agency board member – said: “I’m delighted that Rochdale has been offered £17.08m, the third highest award of all 57 local authorities from across the country which were offered provisional funding from the Future High Streets Fund.

“This money, which we worked really hard to bring into the borough, will support the delivery of 242 brand new apartments in the heart of Rochdale town centre, alongside a Hampton By Hilton Hotel.”

He added: “This is a major boost to the ongoing £400m transformation of Rochdale town centre and is another vote of confidence in the ambition we have for our borough and our ability to deliver it.

“Enabling work to transform this major brownfield site, which sits next to the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development, is already underway and construction is expected to start before the end of the year.”

A full planning application for Riverside Phase Two was submitted at the end of last year.

It includes proposals for two nine-storey apartment blocks, featuring 240 one and two-bedroom flats.

The new homes are said to offer ‘city centre’ style living at ‘affordable rents’.

The plans also feature a seven-story hotel boasting 147-rooms, while permission for 4,000 sq m of office space would only be built out if an occupier is secured.

The scheme is part of a  joint venture between Genr8 Developments and Kajima, in collaboration with Rochdale Development Agency and the Rochdale council.

Words: Nick Statham, Local Democracy Reporter


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