RBH proposes demolishing four of the 'Seven Sisters' tower blocks at College Bank

Date published: 25 June 2017

Four of the 'Seven Sisters' tower blocks at College Bank could be demolished under proposals put forward by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH). RBH is also proposing demolishing blocks of flats at Lower Falinge.

Proposals for College Bank would see four blocks demolished and replaced with new development including new homes of different types and sizes. The remaining three blocks would stay and be modernised internally and externally. Open and shared spaces would also be enhanced and work completed to make it easier to get to the town centre.

At Lower Falinge, the proposals also include some demolition with new homes of different types and sizes, improvements to play areas, better parking for residents and improvements in the retained flats, including new windows and doors.

Clare Tostevin, director of communities at RBH said: “Over the last nine months, we’ve been discussing a number of options to improve College Bank and Lower Falinge with the local community. Following feedback received so far, we’re now at a point where we can develop more detailed plans and are focusing on the redevelopment of each site.

"As we’re still in the early stages, we will continue to consult with the local community over the coming months to help shape the plans and ensure that the neighbourhoods meet the needs of local residents now and in the future. We have more consultation events in the pipeline and will also be visiting every resident individually to discuss the proposals with them.

"We understand that some people have concerns about redevelopment, but we would like to reassure them that whenever we undertake projects such as this, we always ensure first and foremost that our residents are looked after. If moving becomes necessary, all those affected will be given at least a year’s notice, compensated financially and most importantly, provided with a new, high-quality home that meets their needs. We will work to keep the community together in Rochdale town centre.”

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