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£100m mixed-use development for Oldham

A planning application has been submitted to Oldham Council that could see a £100 business park built. 

Seddon and the Grasscroft Property Company have formed a joint venture called Foxdenton in an effort to secure permission for the mixed-use development, which will offer office space, manufacturing facilities and houses on a 49-acre site.

The local authority has earmarked the project as an opportunity to boost economic growth in the area, as it could create up to 1,500 much-needed full-time jobs, as well as 165 positions during the construction process. 5 Plus Architects is the mastermind behind the plan.

Some concerns have been voiced about the issue of traffic congestion and environmental impacts should the initiative go ahead, but it is unclear if these will be enough to stop the project from proceeding. 

In order to address these worries, the proposals include a new link road through the site, which will ease pressure on Foxdenton Lane, while HOW Planning also carried out an environmental impact assessment.

Foxdenton director Michael Coulter said: "These plans will create a sustainable and thriving community with significant benefits to the local economy through new employment opportunities and high quality new housing, which will both meet the needs of existing residents and attract new people to the area."

Mike Rooney, partner at WHR Property Consultants, said one of the major positives of the scheme is its location - just off Junction 21 of the M60 motorway and close to Junction 20 of the M62.

These excellent transport links, coupled with its position at "the heart of the Greater Manchester conurbation", means the business park can appeal to local, regional and national businesses when it comes to attracting tenants.

Seddon was recently named as Employer of the Year by the UK Contractors Group, with the award recognising the excellent work the company does with training and apprenticeships. Indeed, the firm took on 88 apprentices in 2012. 

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