RSPCA on the move as Hollingworth Lake permission granted

We're proud to be part of the partnership with Rochdale RSPCA, Rochdale Borough Council, and Link4Life which is delivering a new modern facility for Rochdale Animal Centre.

Young fox at Rochdale RSPCA

Rochdale Animal Centre is another step closer to a new home after planning permission was granted by Rochdale Borough Council for the centre's move to refurbished premises at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre.

The move will provide the Animal Centre with a modern facility at a more accessible location for the public, delivered through partnership working between Rochdale RSPCA, Rochdale Borough Council, Link4Life, and RBH.

As part of the partnership working, we have purchased the Animal Centre’s current Redcross Street site, which will be part of our delivery of new, genuinely affordable homes in Rochdale Town Centre. The purchase of the current centre site will help to facilitate the Animal Centre move to the new premises.

This is a really wonderful project. The RSPCA has been supported in our animal welfare work by the people of Rochdale since the Rochdale Branch was established in 1890. We are really looking forward to working with our partners, Rochdale Borough Council, RBH and Link4Life to provide some new facilities at Hollingworth Lake including a new café, an attractive meeting room and high-quality public toilets together with a really excellent animal centre. The partnership will also facilitate an opportunity to introduce new affordable housing in the centre of Rochdale. Our centre with its new meeting room will provide an opportunity for visitors to learn about the many ways in which animals enrich our lives and how we can enjoy and protect them

David Canavan Vice-chair of Trustees for the RSPCA's Rochdale branch

With planning now in place for the new animal welfare centre, we’re delighted that this partnership can now push forward to bring another fabulous facility to Hollingworth Lake Country Park. The new centre will allow easy access for visitors - providing top-class animal care and educational facilities, coupled with new affordable quality homes in the centre of Rochdale, which can only be a positive move for all concerned.

Councillor Susan Smith Cabinet member for communities and cooperation, Rochdale Borough Council

We're thrilled to see Rochdale Animal Centre receive planning permission for their new modern facility, and to continue our positive partnership work with the Council, Link4Life, and the RSPCA. Acquiring this site means we’ll be able to ramp up delivery of more high-quality homes in Rochdale town centre – and we can’t wait to get started.

Clare Tostevin RBH Director of Growth
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