Creating a Better Place is an ambitious plan to transform Oldham that was introduced in January 2020 and refreshed in August 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It will unlock investment worth £285 million and create more than 2,000 new homes in Oldham town centre, 1,000 new jobs and 100 apprenticeship opportunities.
The plan is the strategic framework for the borough and includes the Housing Strategy and the use of Oldham Council’s corporate estate (land and property) to support the development and open space requirements across the borough.
Creating a Better Place also builds on the Oldham Town Centre Vision (2019) that is aligned with national, regional and local strategic priorities and has a clear rationale, narrative and focus for everyone to embrace and own. The vision can be defined as ‘Our town centre: a place that thrives’ ... by:
- building quality homes
- providing opportunities to learn, develop new skills and gain employment
- having a diverse culture, leisure and night-time economy
- attracting, retaining and growing businesses
- ensuring a safer, healthier, and friendlier environment
- ensuring it is green, clean and sustainable
Creating a Better Place is geared towards objectives including increasing footfall, giving a wider choice of residential options, improving access to work experience and jobs, championing local culture and heritage and ensuring that the town centre is easy to navigate.
It builds on recent successful town centre regeneration projects including the redevelopment of the Old Town Hall, improved connectivity via Metrolink and the redevelopment of Oldham Leisure Centre and Parliament Square.
Creating a Better Place comprises multiple projects, several of which are being delivered with external funding support from:
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