A brand new ‘linear’ park is to be built in Chadderton as part of a master plan to rehabilitate the land with hundreds of houses.
Oldham’s planning committee members have approved detailed plans to build a new land park on Foxdanton Lane.
The linear park, which covers 19 acres, will have residential property boundaries on both sides, and will also be accessible from sites designated ‘commercial’ in the north.
It is part of the Broadway Green Master Plan through FO Development, a joint venture between Seddon Development, Grasscart Development and Oldham Council.
This major project, which has been in development since 2013, aims to bring more than 500 homes and new businesses to the area.
In April, councilors agreed on plans to build 160 homes on the then-occupied Matthew Fold Farm in Chaderton.
As part of the project, a new 12 12.5 million backbone, Lydia Bakerway, has been completed.
In a separate request, supermarket chain Aldi has asked the council to set up a new ground center at Broadway Green Business Park off New Lydia Bakerway Road.
Planning Officer Graham Dickman said the linear park was an “essential” part of the master plan.
“It’s an important part of developing the site,” he told members.
“It’s already a lush landscape through the site but still limited access to the public. There are some sidewalks that run through the site.
“But the proposal will actually add green elements to the site, as well as increase the area’s natural vegetation and ethnic diversity.”
He told the meeting that some of the sidewalks inside the site would need to be diverted, but there was no objection to the plan.
New seating areas will be created, such as benches and picnic tables, as well as two playgrounds with a ‘natural feel’ for them.
These will include balance bridges, boulders, tree trunks and stepping stones.
Mr Dickman added: “This site has been developed with a good mix of amenities and will definitely be an addition to the area.”
However, the meeting was informed that the park is primarily designed for walkers rather than cyclists as this type of topography has made cycling difficult.
Councilor Peter Dean, chair of the committee, approved the request, saying it was a really good scheme.
Counter Peter Davis added: “It’s a good scheme for the residents and residents there. It’s a great treatment, I think it’s a win in every era, it’s a really good project.
This request was unanimously supported by the councilors.