We’re investing £2.1m to bring more affordable, green homes to Littleborough, Rochdale


We’ve signed a deal with development partner, Armstrong Projects Ltd to bring more much-needed, affordable, sustainable homes to Littleborough, Rochdale.

The £2.1m investment is part of our development strategy to deliver 1,100 new, high quality, energy efficient homes in Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Kirklees, and Calderdale 2020-2026 to improve the lives of local people.

Under the deal, we will bring forward 14 one and two-bedroom apartments where the Smithy Bridge pub has stood derelict for a number of years.

All properties are designed to be highly sustainable, in line with our drive to build green homes and support customers to save energy and money.

The eco-friendly design will see all homes equipped with increased levels of insulation plus energy efficient windows, along with a low carbon, electrical heating system to provide heating and hot water.

Electric vehicle charging points are also planned to facilitate green travel.

Properties at the scheme will be for affordable rent – set at no more than 80% of market rent. The homes will be managed by us and allocated to customers on Rochdale Council’s housing register.

The project will be part funded by a £672k Homes England grant.

Construction will get underway in July and homes will be ready for customers to move into in winter 2024.

Our Director of Development, Joel Owen said: “Demand for affordable housing locally continues to outstrip supply and we’re pleased to be building more desperately needed, sustainable homes in the Rochdale borough, which is one of the key areas in our development strategy.

“Rejuvenating brownfield plots, as we are doing here, is also important to us. With its good location and excellent commuter links, this site is prime for bringing into residential use and enhancing the local area.

“We look forward to seeing the homes ready for our customers to move into.”

FCHO is building 14 one and two-bedroom apartments on the former site of the Smithy Bridge pub

In the last three years, we have delivered 74 new affordable one-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom family homes across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

Work is currently underway at four further sites in the borough.

In Middleton, we are working with Kellen Homes to build 45 mixed-tenure two and three-bedroom houses at its Mill Vale scheme, and 16 two, three and four-bedroom family houses are underway with KMM Homes at their Oldham Road build. The final homes at our mixed tenure Millfields development of 30 two, three and four-bedroom houses at Boothroyden Road in the town are also due for completion next month.

In Heywood, we are building 40 one and two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent on Rochdale Road East, in partnership with Challenger Building Services.

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