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New Pathfinder plans unveiled

This image by Proctor and Matthews of one of the first tranches of the government's contentious Pathfinder programme has been revealed.

The pictures show a new scheme within the Oldham Rochdale Pathfinder - produced to coincide with the selection of a pivotal development partnership.

The Barratt Artisan consortium - comprising housebuilder Barratt Homes and Manchester-based developer Artisan Holdings - has been selected to develop a plan for part of the Pathfinder.

This features 80 environmentally friendly homes on a former Rochdale mill site called Dale Mill.

The homes will have solar water heating, green roofs to support wildlife and a landscaped embankment fronting the River Roch.

Late last week Baroness Andrews, representing the ODPM, confirmed the Barratt Artisan consortium as the pathfinder's new development partner during a visit to Rochdale.

Plans are pressing on despite an impressive coalition of high-profile conservation groups joining forces earlier last month in a bid to halt widespread demolition plans central to the government's contentious programme (AJ 07.07.05).

by Rob Sharp

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