Bellway plans in for new Derker homes
22 July 2010
Building 148 new high quality homes in the Derker neighbourhood of Oldham have taken a step forward this week, as developer Bellway Homes submits its planning application to Oldham Borough Council.
As part of the Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal programme, over a hundred of the new homes will be available to buy, with the remaining 44 on offer for affordable rent through Northern Counties Housing Association.
The development site, which stretches from Acre Lane to Afghan Street, will provide a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom homes. Much of the land has been vacant for some time, following the clearance of former Council flats and the Gardeners’ Rest public house. A short terrace on Acre Lane will be cleared in the coming weeks to allow work to begin on a first phase.
Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal is working with Oldham Council and Bellway Homes to bring forward the development of much needed new homes.
Oldham Council's Lead Member for Regeneration and Environment, Cllr John McCann said, “Bellway’s plans for these new homes is excellent news for Derker. We have assembled the site for new build and we look forward to working with Bellway to create the homes that the local community needs.”
Paul Howard, Divisional Regeneration Manager with Bellway Homes added, “We are delighted to be partnering with Oldham to make a real difference in Derker”.
All of the new homes will be built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. This will show in some obvious physical features such as highly efficient boilers, water butts to collect rainwater and high levels of insulation in ceilings, walls and floors. All these measures will help greatly to reduce fuel bills in the new homes.
And all the houses will meet ‘Lifetime Homes’ standards – design features that make the homes convenient, accessible, safe and flexible. Their purpose is to ensure that homes are ‘future-proof’ – they can be easily adapted to meet the needs of individuals throughout their life.
The planning application is expected to go before Oldham Council in September. If approved, work on site should begin this autumn.