£3m of Government funding has been secured to create up to 2,000 new homes and new public spaces right in the heart of Oldham town centre.
The grant funding will be spent on three key sites in the town centre for new, sustainable, homes of different types and sizes. The Civic Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall site has been awarded £1,390,035, the former Leisure Centre site, £1,390,409 and the former Magistrates Court, £370,782.
The money will go towards the construction of the new homes, including site remediation and preparatory works.
The Land Release Fund is part of the One Public Estate (OPE) Programme - a £180m fund delivered over three years to help councils across England free up council-owned land for new homes.
The new homes will bring more people into the town and support local businesses and providing more opportunities for people to shop, eat, drink and spend their free time.
Oldham Council’s partnership with Muse will see around 2,000 new homes, of all types and sizes, built on pieces of land including the Civic Centre and former leisure centre sites, and a new town centre park.
Work is well underway including the revamp of Spindles Shopping Centre which will include offices for both council staff and businesses, a new home for Tommyfield Market and events space; a new theatre and public space and a restored Old Library with cultural, civic and community spaces.