Plan to build hundreds of homes on land next to popular beauty spot on Yorkshire border

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Plans for a huge housing development to be built on picturesque farmland surrounding a beauty spot close to the Yorkshire border have been revealed.

Residents of Littleborough can now have their say on the 315-home plan by developer Bloor Homes earmarked for the land next to Hollingworth Lake, a 130-acre reservoir at Smithy Bridge. Hollingworth Lake is a popular day out for thousands of people in Yorkshire every year.

The proposed site is part of the 'Places for Everyone' plan, which aims to deliver thousands of new homes across Greater Manchester and was approved by all councils earlier this year.

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Currently, the site off Hollingworth Road is farmland, but it could be transformed into a massive housing development if the plans are approved. The proposals also include a central park, a tree-lined green corridor connecting Rochdale Canal to Hollingworth Lake for pedestrians and cyclists, and a network of circular footpaths.

Bloor Homes has pledged that every home will be energy-efficient and equipped with electric vehicle charging points and super-fast broadband.

The plans also incorporate a children's play area and land allocated for a new primary school as part of the Places for Everyone allocation. This would be located on the existing Hollingworth Lake visitor car park, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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A proposal to extend the visitor car park at Hollingworth Lake Country Park is also included.

Tom Loomes, senior planning manager for Bloor Homes, said: "We are delighted to be bringing forward these detailed proposals for new homes in Littleborough. We have given great consideration to ensure we can sensitively deliver the new homes that Rochdale Council earmarked the site for during the Places for Everyone process and we look forward to hearing what the community has to say.

CGI of how the new Bloor Homes development in Littleborough could look
CGI of how the new Bloor Homes development in Littleborough could look

"As a highly regarded 5-star homebuilder focussed on quality and placemaking our objective is to deliver a new neighbourhood that will have a distinctive layout, with a central parkland that providing a green corridor from Rochdale Canal through to Hollingworth Lake, retaining existing trees, hedgerows and planting new throughout the development."

Mr Loomes further detailed the scope of the development: "Our Hollingworth Road site will provide around 315 new homes, offering a range of housing types to accommodate families of all ages. Crucially, we are committed to providing new affordable homes as part of the new neighbourhood, paving the way for first-time buyers.

"We are pleased to be bringing this forward for consultation and look forward to receiving the feedback of local residents."

Residents interested in learning more about the plans or wishing to participate in the public consultation can do so by visiting their website here. The consultation will end at midnight on Tuesday, June 11.