West Vale Redevelopment


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Located close to Oldham town centre, West Vale is set to be our new development right in the heart of Oldham. It will provide a range of high quality, affordable new homes in a vibrant neighbourhood where people, families and businesses can thrive.

Vision

Our aim for West Vale is to create around ninety new homes and improve the wider surrounding area to create a space in which our residents will feel proud to live.

Homes are being designed to meet the needs of people across Oldham and will range from one bedroom apartments to family homes. All will be economical to run, incorporate energy efficient design features and equipped to meet the needs of people who work from home, making the development fit for the future of our town.

West Vale will be a gateway to Oldham and is in a prime location for residents, with easy access to nearby amenities, Oldham Town Centre’s shops and services and the local transport network.

The development is part of our plans to build 850 much needed new homes for people over the next six years.

Below are views of what the homes and the area may look like.

Located close to Oldham town centre, West Vale is set to be our new development right in the heart of Oldham. It will provide a range of high quality, affordable new homes in a vibrant neighbourhood where people, families and businesses can thrive. Located close to Oldham town centre, West Vale is set to be our new development right in the heart of Oldham. Twenty six houses are planned at West Vale – a mix of two, three and four-bedroom family homes – along with 62 apartments, which will have one or two bedrooms.

Tell us about your place and shape the future of the West Vale neighbourhood

Everyone has their own experience of the place where they live and work and we want to get conversations going with more people in the West Street and Vale Drive neighbourhood. So if you are passionate about the area and want to have your say in our West Vale Redevelopment, complete the West Vale Place Standard Questionnaire.

You can either complete the online West Vale Place Standard questionnaire or get in touch with our team for support with filling it in. Email westvale@fcho.co.uk or get in touch with our Contact Centre and asked to speak to our Stronger Communities team. Call 0161 393 7117.

Read more in our news section.

Plans for 88 new affordable homes at West Vale approved

Our plans to build 88 new affordable homes on the site of two iconic tower blocks in Coldhurst were approved in June 2021 by Oldham Council.

The green light is another step forward for our ambitious £12m investment in new homes as part of the West Vale project that will transform the area where Crossbank House and Summervale House currently stand.

We are demolishing the two towerblocks and in their place building 88 high quality, new homes to help meet local housing need. Twenty six houses are planned – a mix of two, three and four-bedroom family homes – along with 62 apartments, which will have one or two bedrooms.

Plans also include:

  • Landscaping across the site, with houses benefitting from well-sized gardens
  • Driveway car parking for all the houses and for 15% of the apartments
  • Cycle parking for all homes at the development
  • A recreational space located at Broome Street with an equipped play area, providing a much need facility for younger children in the area.

West Vale will be a gateway to Oldham and is in a prime location for residents, with easy access to nearby amenities, Oldham Town Centre’s shops and services and the local transport network.

Our development is set to benefit from £1.14 million from Greater Manchester’s Brownfield Housing Fund allocation, designed to help deliver new homes on formerly developed sites across the city region.

Read more in our news section.

Demolition plans

Our plans to demolish Crossbank House and Summervale House tower blocks were approved by Oldham Council in September 2020 and we have appointed Oldham-based contractor, D Hughes Demolition and Excavation Ltd to lead the demolition and clearance work. You can read more about this in our news section.

We want to bring around 90 high quality, affordable new homes to the area and create a vibrant neighbourhood where people, families and businesses can thrive.

The demolition and clearance of the tower blocks is anticipated to take place late July – late November 2021, and throughout this period we’ll keep local people updated on our progress.

Listen to the West Vale episode of the FCHO Podcast to hear about our demolition plans and what proposals for the scheme look like.

We know that keeping children safe while work is happening around the tower blocks is a key concern for local residents and businesses. Parents and other residents can be assured that the site will be fenced off before demolition work begins and during the project, making it inaccessible to children and young people. Stringent site security will be in place and we’ll be working on a traffic plan for the surrounding streets.

Before any work begins on the West Vale site, we are also planning to engage with local high schools and community groups to speak to young people about the dangers of building sites and sharing advice on how they can stay safe.

West Vale consultation held in January 2021 - now closed

We held a public consultation 8-22 January 2021 on plans to redevelop land off Vale Drive, Oldham where the towerblocks, Crossbank House and Summervale House, now stand. In their place we want to build a range of high quality, affordable new homes in a vibrant neighbourhood called West Vale.

View our proposals for West Vale here.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. Your input has helped us produce our final planning application which was submitted to Oldham Council in February 2021.

Read about the key themes that came out of the consultation. Based on the consultation results we have updated the West Vale Frequently Asked Questions, too.

  • Our client testimonials, speech icon

    PRP have been working with FCHO on their vision for the regeneration of West Vale, which will create a contemporary new development right in the heart of Oldham, which provides a range of high quality, affordable homes in a vibrant neighbourhood where people and families can thrive. By working collaboratively, a bespoke community engagement virtual event was created, allowing local residents to raise their views, even during a lockdown and in advance of a detailed planning application being submitted in January.

    Graham Locke, PRP Architects
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    We find the FCHO Development Team a pleasure to deal with. Their customer focussed approach to the design and delivery of new homes through community engagement and stakeholder involvement ensures the best possible outcome is achieved for their residents. We see this through good project management, communication and leadership to ensure project teams are focussed on delivery and local need.

    Markhams, Employer's Agents
  • Our client testimonials, speech icon

    Since January 2020 we have been working with First Choice Homes Oldham on delivering quality new homes for the people of Oldham. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have maintained good communication when most others in the sector stopped. Through collaborative working and learning to operate through lockdown, we have been able to deliver quality new homes.

    Robwood Construction Ltd
  • Our client testimonials, speech icon

    We have worked with FCHO since 2016 and in that time have delivered a range of new developments, including houses, bungalows and apartments across a range of tenures. These have often been on very challenging brownfield sites, but by adopting a highly collaborative approach with the entire project team, together we have successfully identified solutions to deliver efficient and good value projects.

    Wilkinson Cowan Partnership Ltd
Our West Vale development project timeline

Join our Resident Engagement Panel

Our Resident Engagement Panel is open to anyone in the West Street and Vale Drive area who wants to help shape the West Vale Redevelopment project. The panel and the West Vale project team will meet regularly to discuss ideas, consult at key stages in the project and address any concerns that local people may have.

If you’d like to be part of the panel, contact us at westvale@fcho.co.uk.

Find out more

Watch this video to find out more about our plans to transform the area around West Street, Oldham where our Crossbank and Summervale tower blocks stand.


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Get in touch

For more information on our West Vale redevelopment

Call: 0161 393 7117

Email: westvale@fcho.co.uk