Derker, north east of Oldham town centre, is being transformed by the development of high quality new housing, improving the environment and removing obsolete housing and industrial premises.
The end of Housing Market Renewal funding means that the pace of progress with the regeneration is unclear. This page provides a brief look at what has been achieved and what may happen in the future.
One of the first neighbourhoods where HMR got involved, Derker is beginning to see big changes. 2009/10 saw more than £4.6 million invested in the neighbourhood.
Amongst the first developments to be completed with HMR support, Stoneleigh gives a taste of the high quality of design planned for the area. McInerney Homes has built an attractive mixture of 73 modern 2,3 and 4-bedroom homes and apartments, on the site of a former cotton mill.
Dianne Murray has moved into a two bedroom house at Stoneleigh using shared ownership, operated by Northern Counties Housing Association. She said, “I still can’t believe that I’ve made it onto the property ladder. The house I was renting needed a lot of work, so I absolutely love being in a brand new home with a garden and my own parking space.
“I’ve been helped every step of the way by the teams from Northern Counties and Housing Market Renewal. I think that all the regeneration work going on in Derker will make sure it’s a good investment.”
Clearing sites for future progress
So we're ready for future house building, several sites are seeing commercial and residential buildings demolished to make way for new homes.
Albert Mill, which dated from 1869, has been cleared to allow new houses on the site. Derker's new Metrolink station will open alongside the site when trams arrive in 2012.
The HMR team provided information and support to residents whose homes we need to clear as part of our plans to provide a better choice of housing in the area. Through negotiation more than 400 people have moved to other homes, many choosing to stay in Derker.
We can now clear some of these old terrace homes, and demolition has taken place this year on London Road, Acre Lane and Abbotsford Road.
Engaging with the community
Since 2004, hundreds of people have been along to community events, whether finding out about the proposals for their neighbourhood or getting involved in the Friends of Stoneleigh Park's Party in the Park.
Consulting local people has been hugely important and has influenced the types of new homes that will be available. Most recently, local residents had their say on the homes to be built at Albert Mill, even choosing the name of the new development, to be called Lower Moor.
If you want to find out more about HMR's work in Derker contact the Derker team on 0161 770 4491.