South Heywood Masterplan


Acting on behalf of Russell Homes, HOW Planning has submitted a hybrid planning application with supporting EIA to Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council to bring new jobs, homes and improved highways infrastructure to the borough. The 130 ha site is located within Green Belt land to the south of Heywood, between the towns of Bury and Rochdale.

The key part of the 20-year South Heywood masterplan is a new £20million, 2.2km link road from Junction 19 of the M62 motorway to the employment areas off Pilsworth Road. An infrastructure priority for both the local council and Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM), the link road would provide HGV traffic from the South Heywood employment area – and its numerous logistics parks – with a dedicated route to the motorway, 17km shorter than the existing return journey, and directing HGVs away from Heywood Town Centre, Birch and other local roads.

The other part of the application is the development of new employment, residential, ancillary retail, and community uses – a new primary school, playing fields, parks and open space. This includes 1.45million sq ft of commercial space, and up to 1,000 new homes, with the potential to create more than 2,850 new jobs. It is estimated that the development would generate £175m a year within the local economy.

HOW worked closely with its client, the Council and statutory consultees to ensure that the plans for the scheme took into account all the sensitivities involved with a Green Belt site. Great care was taken to ensure all the different aspects of the scheme work together to create a vibrant new community which will build on the objectives of the Council’s plans for the area.

The hybrid application, which seeks ‘full’ planning permission for the link road and ‘outline’ planning permission for the subsequent mixed-use development, will now be considered by the planning department. A decision is anticipated within the next nine to 12 months, allowing work on the road begin by 2019.

The new link road would be part-funded by grants from Transport for Greater Manchester and Highways England, with the shortfall met by Russell Homes through the release of the proposed housing.