We're drawing up plans for new affordable homes in Smithy Bridge

We're working with our partners to develop plans to build 14 new apartments for affordable rent on the site of the former Smithybridge pub.

Plans for new homes at the former Smithybridge pub site

New social housing could be on the way to Smithy Bridge - we're working with our partners Triangle Architects and Armstrong Projects to develop proposals to build 14 new apartments for affordable rent on the site of the former Smithybridge pub.

The site has been derelict for a number of years and is an eyesore for the local community. Our plans would create 14 new one and two bedroom apartments, all for affordable rent and designed to be in keeping with the local area. The new homes would be close to Smithy Bridge railway station and in easy reach of local facilities.

Our development team are keen to hear from the local community about the plans. We asked for initial queries and comments to be sent to development.team@rbh.org.uk by 21st May 2021, and an update on the feedback we received from the local community can be found below.

We're really excited to work on these plans to bring this abandoned site back into use. We know that there is a shortage of affordable housing in the wider Littleborough area and this is a great opportunity to create high quality new homes in a sustainable location.

Clare Tostevin RBH Director of Growth

Update - July 2021

Thank you to all the residents who sent in their feedback on our proposals for new homes at Smithy Bridge. There were a number of common themes - please find further information below on these matters.

Meeting local housing need

We know that there is a significant need for affordable housing in Smithy Bridge and the wider Littleborough area. These new affordable homes will help to make our area an even better place to live and to grow up, and create new opportunities for local people. The site is small and could only accomodate a very small number of houses, and providing new flats for affordable rent will meet a clear need amongst local people.

Parking and transport

The proposed new homes are in a sustainable location, close to the railway station and regular bus services along Smithy Bridge Road. The new homes will generate less traffic than the pub did when it was open. The 19 parking spaces provided meet the requirements of Rochdale Council, and our proposed 14 sheltered cycle parking spaces exceed the minimum requirement.

A new build in keeping with the local area

The apartment block has been designed to give the impression of a two-storey building from the front so that it is in keeping with the height of adjacent buildings. From the rear it will be clear there are some apartments within the roof structure as these will have visible windows. We will make sure that the materials used are in keeping with the local area.

Tackling anti-social behaviour

The current site is a derelict former pub building which attracts significant anti-social behaviour. By bringing this site back into use, we will create a brighter and safer neighbourhood as well as providing much-needed homes for local people. The gardens and car-parking areas will be maintained by our in-house team and residents will pay a service charge to cover this cost. We will also make sure that the new homes are developed wherever possible using Secure By Design principles.

Being a good neighbour during construction process

We plan to employ a well-established contractor registered with the recognised industry scheme, Considerate Constructors. Membership of this scheme demonstrates the contractor’s commitment to running a well organised and professional construction site. Our contractor will be experienced at working within residential areas and will take care to liaise with neighbours during the construction period. You will also be able to register for weekly updates from the RBH Development Team so that you can keep up with progress on site. The organisation of the site will be governed by the Construction Site Management Plan, which will be assessed by Rochdale Council as part of our planning application. This will ensure that any disturbance is kept to a minimum. Our hours of working will also be limited to certain hours by the Council.

Download our consultation flyer

  • Smithybridge New Homes Consultation

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