Plans have been unveiled to build 156 homes in South Heywood as part of a masterplan to transform the area.

Bellway has released proposals for the 11.6 acre site on Manchester Road, which will see three, four and five bedroom homes being constructed there.

The scheme, part of Belway's Artisan Collection, will be part of the South Heywood Masterplan. 

Work has now started on site, which is said to be progressing well, and the housebuilder plans to open two show homes in spring.

Known as Hopwood Meadows, the development offers a mix of semi-detached and detached homes, appealing to all buyers and budgets. 

The first homes have been released for sale, including a range of three and four bedroom properties, with prices starting from £314,995.

Bellway sales director Grace Yarlett said: “It is great to be part of the South Heywood Masterplan and we are proud to contribute and provide high quality new build homes in this new community in Rochdale. 

“The plans for Hopwood Meadow are superb and we are confident the design and specification of our Artisan homes will attract buyers. 

"With the first few sales already secured, we continue to look forward to welcoming potential purchasers to site to learn more about Bellway.”

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In addition to the new development, Bellway has made several significant contributions to the locality including £2.48m towards a link road, £667,950 for public open space, £720,720 to education, £191,880 towards the local bus service and bus stops, £124,800 towards primary school land value and £31,200 for a sport pitch.

To celebrate the launch of Hopwood Meadows, Bellway is also offering a mortgage contribution of £6,000 on selected plots for reservations before March 31.  

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A spokesperson added: "With £1,000 paid towards your mortgage every month for six months, it’s time to live more and spend less at Hopwood Meadows."