First look at new housing on the historic mill site in Greater Manchester

The scheme has been revised from an earlier version and no longer includes a farm shop.

These images show how a historic former mill site can be transformed into new homes.

Proposals to build 32 new houses and apartments at Tack Lea Works, in Birtle, near Rochdale, have been submitted by property developer Hall & Co. as a ‘model for sustainable living’, which is ‘inspired by the area’s agricultural past’.

The scheme has been revised from an earlier version and no longer includes a farm shop, while the number of homes has been reduced to ‘better in line with the expectations of local residents’.

Although located in the green belt, the applicant argues that the development would not have a greater impact than the previous buildings on the site.

Permission to develop the site for a 14-home scheme was also granted in 2019 and remains in place as a ‘fallback option’.

Jamie Hall, director of Hall & Co, said: “Our plans for Tack Lea Works would provide 32 new high quality homes in a highly sustainable environment, each carefully designed to reflect Birtle’s agricultural past and to create a thriving new community built on shared values. .

“We are pleased to unveil our plans for the site and look forward to continuing this exciting new development, transforming and bringing back into service a well-located, underutilized site.”

How Tack Lea Works, in Birtle, near Rochdale, could be converted into new homes

Under the latest plans, 26 houses – ranging from two to five bedrooms – are being built on the site, off Bury and Rochdale Old Road, along with a block of six two-bedroom apartments.

Houses would each have two parking spaces and the apartments one, with a further four bays for visitors.

The applicant says the plan is ‘designed to promote the development of a close-knit community, including a mix of stone cottages and mill houses,’ reflecting the local character with red brick and stone walls and slate roofs.

According to the company, the cottages will offer a contemporary take on the traditional style, while the mill buildings will feature vertically proportioned windows and gable ends.

Homes would be “super-insulated,” and the plan promises to “reduce energy and water use,” including rainwater harvesting and at least one renewable energy source.

The development also includes a woodland walk for the new community to enjoy and ‘abundant outdoor recreation space’.

Rochdale City Council decides whether to grant planning permission.

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