IBI Group Gets Green Light for £250m South Heywood Residential Development
Rochdale planning committee has approved a major hybrid planning application at South Heywood, which will provide 1000 new homes to South Heywood in Greater Manchester.
IBI Group, a global technology-driven design firm, will provide a range of services for the project including masterplanning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, graphics, GIS and 3D visualisation.
The scheme for Russell Homes includes 129 hectares of land with 1,000 new homes, 1.45 million sq ft of employment space, a primary school, a local community centre and significant landscape infrastructure. These features will be accompanied by the delivery of a new 2 km link road from the M62 to new and existing employment areas.
Russell Homes Planning Manager, Gary Lynch, said: “IBI Group has provided a complete design package, using their multi-disciplinary offer to present the very special circumstance necessary to justify development in the Green Belt. Their approach has been essential on so many levels, helping us to provide a clear narrative to support our vision, and secure buy-in from the wider team, businesses and most importantly, the Council.
“The scheme has been founded on robust placemaking principles and is a truly sustainable community. IBI Group has been instrumental in the success of this application and we now look forward to working with them to bring forward the new industrial areas of this proposal at the earliest opportunity, subject to the Secretary of State not calling-in the hybrid application.”
The South Heywood masterplan is a long-term development that is estimated to create around 2,850 jobs and improve highways infrastructure to the southern part of the borough.
Studio Associate, Dinesh Maheshwari, said: “This project is a good example of IBI Group’s ability to provide a developer with a range of services that meet the requirements of a complex project. We now look forward to working with Russell Homes on the delivery of the scheme and becoming a longstanding partner in delivering the vision at South Heywood.”