Housing Market Renewal has worked together with Hathershaw New Deal for Communities (NDC) to make big improvements to Hathershaw and Fitton Hill, to the south of Oldham town centre. In 2006 we created the ‘Spatial Masterplan' to outline what could be achieved in these neighbourhoods, which many local residents supported. Oldham Council approved the Masterplan early in 2007.
In the same year we carried out a heritage survey in Hathershaw and Fitton Hill to look at the historic importance and value of the area's buildings. The survey provided valuable information to ensure that plans to transform the neighbourhood preserve and enhance the best of the existing buildings.
Developer Countryside Properties has been selected to make the proposals a reality for the Borough Mill Triangle site between Ashton Road, Copsterhill Road and Schofield Street. Demolition got underway in autumn 2010 with the first new homes expected to be completed later this year.
Further phases of the masterplan are currently underway in the area. We have improved the exteriors of houses on Broadway Street, in the area known as Hathershaw North as well as to homes on Ashton Road, which forms a gateway to the town, and Neild Street, much to residents' delight.
Involving the community
Youngsters from Broadfield Primary School, in the Hathershaw North area, created colourful and exciting designs for street art and signage in 2008 to ensure safe routes to school. These are now in place to add splashes of colour to the area. The gateway sculpture, which incorporates the children's designs and depicts the history of the NDC area, was unveiled in October 2008. New welcoming gates have also been installed to the school entrance to improve its appearance.