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By 2035, Greater Manchester aims to be one of the world’s leading sub-regions, driving sustainable growth across a thriving north of England. We want to ensure the sustainability of our town centre as a place to work, visit and enjoy: in addition, to be a place where our people can live are able to take maximum advantage of the services, shops, skills and training they need to enjoy an excellent quality of life.

A new vision for Oldham town centre has been developed: a vision that is aligned with national, regional and local strategic priorities and has a clear rationale, narrative and focus for everyone to embrace and own.

We have identified a number of key building blocks / priority areas from which we can set foundations. Our Town Centre will therefore become a place that thrives, where our ambition for housing can be the catalyst for change.

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 friendly environment; and
  • ensuring it is green, clean and sustainable.

These are all geared towards a host of objectives, including increasing footfall, giving a wider choice of residential options, improving access to work experience and jobs, ensuring a town centre that is easy to navigate and building on our culture and heritage.

A refreshed masterplan setting out different development areas is also now being drawn up. This will feature a mix of residential, education, offices, retail, and green space, as well as an area dedicated to boosting the town centre’s night-time economy.