Northern Roots Masterplan Consultation – help shape the vision


Thank you to everyone who shared feedback on the initial Northern Roots masterplan proposal online and in person at consultation events this September.

The first stage of consultation on the masterplan proposal has now closed, however you can still view the interactive site map, explore proposals and look at other people’s comments.

Northern Roots is currently gathering all the feedback you shared with us and will use this to inform a revised proposal. This revised masterplan will be shared back with you for further consultation in November 2021. In the meantime there are two further opportunities to learn more about the project and help shape the vision over the course of October 2021:

Northern Roots Site Tours


Northern Roots is running two site tours in October. Your chance to meet the Northern Roots team, walk the site, and learn more about the project and key elements of the masterplan proposal in situ.

The Northern Roots site is 160-acres, so these site tours will focus on the top third of the site and on key proposals including the proposed Visitor Centre, Learning Centre, growing areas, solar array and Bike Hub. We will also be able to share and discuss Northern Roots’ approach to enhancing habitat, landscape and biodiversity, and plans for carbon capture and green energy generation.

Tours will run on Saturday 9th October, 10am to midday, and Saturday 23rd October, 10am to midday. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are free but must be booked.

Meet the architect, help design the Visitor and Learning Centres


As part of the plans to transform the 160-acre Northern Roots site into a destination for leisure, enterprise and learning, Northern Roots is proposing to create a Visitor Centre and a Learning Centre. Come and meet architect Alison Thornton-Sykes, from award-winning practice JDDK, and share your ideas with us!

We’ll be asking you what you want to do in these buildings? What should they be used for? What should they look like? What kinds of materials and technology should we use to build them? We want your imagination to run wild so together we can create something exceptional for Oldham.


Saturday 9th October, 1.30-5pm, at Alexandra Park Depot, 5 Kings Road, OL8 2BH. Drop in, public consultation session, all welcome.

This first session will focus on gathering your ideas. We’ll bring some questions, resources and images to get you started, and you can sketch, sculpt using plasticine, doodle or write your ideas on post-it notes. Whatever feels best for you. Everyone is welcome, including children and young people.

Saturday 23rd October, 1.30-5pm, at Alexandra Park Depot, 5 Kings Road, OL8 2BH. Drop in, public consultation session, all welcome.

During this session,  architect Alison Thornton-Sykes will come back to share some initial building design sketches with you, based on some of the ideas you shared in the first session. You can tell us what you like and don’t like, and share further ideas.  Your ideas and feedback will directly inform the final building design, so we hope you’ll come and get involved.

Please note: the entrance to Alexandra Park Depot is located towards the end of Kings Road just before it meets Honeywell Lane.

Consultation next steps


November 2021: Architect shares detailed sketch designs for Northern Roots Visitor Centre and Learning Centre and the updated site masterplan proposal. Opportunity for local residents to feedback ideas via digital consultation and consultation event (details TBC).

December 2021: Northern Roots shares final proposal for Northern Roots masterplan and buildings to be included in planning application.


How have we arrived at the initial masterplan proposal?


The initial masterplan proposal is the result of three years of ongoing community consultation, and working with experts in ecology, hydrology, business modelling, landscape architecture and green technologies to see what we can and should create on the Northern Roots site.


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Northern Roots community consultation, Alexandra Park Depot, September 21.
The 160-acre Northern Roots site looking towards Oldham town centre.
Alison Thornton-Sykes, architect, JDDK.
Northern Roots community consultation, Spindles Shopping Centre, September 2021.