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Oldham has 'garden suburb' vision for Lancaster Club site


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Oldham Council has revealed its vision to redevelop its Lancaster Club site as a 21st century 'Garden Suburb'.

The council aims to "combine the best of town and country living" for the 8.11 hectare site, which has the Grade II-listed former Failsworth Lodge (photo) at its heart.

The garden suburb concept grew out of the original Garden Cities movement developed in the late 1800s by Ebenezer Howard as a new way to create communities in a distinctive environment. The Oldham Garden Suburb was one of the first members of the Garden Cities Association and opened in 1909, propelled by the work of Mrs Mary Higgs, founder of the Beautiful Oldham Society.

Philanthropist Dame Sarah Lees sold land at Hollins cheaply. The idea was to build 700 homes as a co-operative limited company, with low rent and rates, to encourage 'working men' to become tenants. By 1914, however, only 183 houses remained and ownership gradually changed from rents to ownership of around 400 homes. 

Key principles under the new council plans will include the provision of open space and high-quality housing with character with a focus on environmentally-friendly solutions. The plan also aims to "focus on the pedestrian, a reduction in the dominance of cars and the avoidance of parking clusters, plus good public transport links and safe cycle routes". 

McMahon said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for a forward-thinking developer to work with us on a flagship development. There is growing national interest in revisiting the garden suburb approach and this could be a really significant scheme. The beauty of this site is its location. In terms of connectivity to Oldham and Manchester it is second to none and – with the historic Lancaster Club building as its focal point – it’s not hard to see how we could transform this site into a flagship neighbourhood." 

Developers interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact Claire Nangle, Head of Strategic Regeneration and Development at Oldham Council.

The community spirit of Oldham Garden Suburb is still going strong – 105 years after it was founded – with regular social events and activities still run entirely by volunteers.


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