Countryside and partners celebrate breaking ground at Fitton Hill

Celebrating the milestone, Countryside Partnerships and development partners broke ground at the Fitton Hill scheme.

Countryside Partnerships, Great Places and Sigma Capital celebrate breaking ground at the Fitton Hill development in Oldham | BTR News
Countryside Partnerships, Great Places and Sigma Capital celebrate breaking ground at the Fitton Hill development in Oldham.

Developer Countryside, alongside Great Places Housing Group and Sigma Capital, has excitedly announced that it has held a ground-breaking ceremony at its Fitton Hill ‘Hartshead View’ development.

“Through collaboration with partners such as Great Places and Sigma our development portfolio remains diverse, delivering the homes that people need in the areas that need them most. It was a fantastic opportunity to welcome Oldham Council to Fitton Hill, as they have played a crucial role in the project’s realisation. This celebration marks a significant milestone in our journey, and it’s a testament to the commitment of our partners. Together, we are bringing a development that will not only satisfy local housing demand, but will also enhance the wider community through significant investment.”

Joe Turner, Managing Director (MD) Manchester and Cheshire East, Countryside Partnerships

The Leader of Oldham Council, Councillor Arooj Shah, and the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Elaine Taylor, were taken on a tour of the site where they were able to learn more about the £83m development that is set to transform this part of Greater Manchester.

“We’re delighted to be working with Countryside and Sigma to deliver 81 homes at Fitton Hill, a development that will provide much-needed affordable housing for the local community. The scheme is testament to the power of partnership working. This project demonstrates our commitment to creating great places to live across Greater Manchester, and we look forward to seeing the progress of the development and welcoming the first residents in 2024.”

Matthew Harrison, Chief Executive, Great Places

The new scheme will deliver a total of 365 new homes at the development in Oldham – 97 will be single-family Build to Rent homes to be under Sigma’s private rental band, Simple Life, and 81 will be affordable houses to be managed by Great Places.

“We’re delighted to be working with our long-term partners Countryside Partnerships on the new development in Oldham. Some of our very early Build to Rent Simple Life developments with Countryside are in Oldham and we have always experienced high demand amongst the local community for professionally managed, high-quality rental homes. With community and people at the heart of our brand, we’re excited to be able to deliver more much needed family homes in this area.”

Jason Berry, Regional Managing Director (MD), Sigma Capital

The Fitton Hill site is situated on the brownfield land formally occupied by Fitton Hill County Infant, Fitton Hill Secondary Modern and Marland Fold Schools, alongside a now-demolished housing estate.

“I was happy to be take part in the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on these much-needed homes for Oldhamers, on land that had been derelict and vacant for more than 20 years. Working with our partners, we’ve been able to design a development that will promote a real sense of community, bringing together residents from different walks of life. I’m looking forward to the development to take shape and for families across Oldham to benefit from these homes.”

Councillor Arooj Shah, Leader, Oldham Council