Oldham Council has submitted proposals to build a multi-million-pound environmental centre at Alexandra Park as part of its Northern Roots development project.
The new eco-centre would act as an anchor development for its flagship Northern Roots Project. Which is a bold and pioneering initiative that will transform Snipe Clough – 160 acres of under-used green space – into the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park.
It will be developed for and with local communities and will be a base for enterprises and community projects providing much-needed facilities – such as office space, operational buildings, greenhouses and storage facilities.
The new centre would aim to be self-sufficient due to the use of bio-mass C.H.P (Combined Heat and Power) technology.
Proposals include solar panels to provide power and a filtration system would be installed to allow water to be collected so it can be used at the facility and also at other sites across Oldham.
Commenting during his visit to the Northern Roots site, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester said:
“In our five-year Environment Plan we’ve set out our ambition to tackle the effects of climate change and make our city-region carbon-neutral by 2038.
“A vital part of this will be looking at how we can regenerate urban green spaces and put them at the heart of our communities – becoming viable, sustainable resources that bring people together and enhance our quality of life.”
“The benefits of this approach are wide-ranging, from creating new opportunities for recreation, education, enterprise and employment, to increasing urban biodiversity and promoting public health and wellbeing.
“Northern Roots has the potential to transform the way we think about urban green space, not only in Greater Manchester but on a national scale.”
A planning application for the Alexandra Park Depot Eco Centre will be submitted next week. If approved building work could begin later this year.