Oldham Council has published a new Masterplan for the future of Royton.
This visionary document is a guide to possible future investment and improvements in the district centre over the next decade and was approved by Cabinet on December 18, 2017.
Oldham Council, in partnership with HLP architects, has carried out a wide-ranging planning exercise to identify its ‘preferred scenario’ to improve Royton.
This involved a full review of several sites and of the assets, links and connectivity within the district centre.
The Masterplanning process also saw extensive consultation with local residents, businesses and others with an interest in the area.
The final document identifies a range of desirable outcomes, potential investment and redevelopment across eight infrastructure areas and seven themed strategies.
It includes measures to produce better traffic, parking, economic and retail prospects – plus a focus on how to improve the public realm and the external places that are accessible to all.
You can download and read the Masterplan by clicking here.
Refurbishment works are already set to start on-site in April to transform Royton Town Hall as part of a £2million investment by Oldham Council to improve local facilities.
This will see Royton Library moving from its current location into the ground floor of the historic town hall venue.
The new library will be a modern community venue fit for the 21st century which also preserves and respects the building’s heritage features.
The plans include remodelled open space to the rear of the building with better disabled access and improved links between the library, health centre and leisure centre facilities.
The vacated library building is being marketed as an attractive centrally-located commercial opportunity to the private sector which would enable it to have a modern use and breathe new life into the area.
Oldham Council is seeking to find a tenant with a sympathetic view to the heritage of the building with a vision to offer something new that benefits everyone in the district.