Plans approved for Muse Development’s £150m regeneration project in Bolton

WCN Editorial Team 23 Apr 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The Planning Committee of Bolton Council has given its approval to Muse Development’s £150m proposal to transform the Church Wharf area of Bolton town centre.

Muse Development’s proposal is to create a new riverside neighbourhood in the heart of Bolton town centre. The proposal includes a mix of up to 352 homes, a new hotel, commercial offices and leisure and retail opportunities.

Earlier this year, Church Wharf proposal received approval after a period of consultation on the key benefits. The neighbourhood will provide new homes in the Bolton town centre, while creating permanent employment opportunities, construction jobs along with delivering significant boost to the local economy.

Muse Developments development director David Burkinshaw said: “This is a huge step forward in delivering a new neighbourhood at Church Wharf. With a focus on high quality design and architecture this gateway site will be transformed into a vibrant new area of the town.

“The plans will provide around 350 new homes for young people, first-time buyers and families across Bolton and beyond, helping to breathe life into the town centre. We’re opening up access to the river, creating outdoor space for everyone to enjoy and an attractive place for people to live, work and relax.

“Church Wharf is the first project of this scale to be brought forward under Bolton Council’s wider plan to regenerate the town centre, and today is undoubtedly a significant moment in delivering this exciting vision.”

Church Wharf is part of Bolton Council’s target intervention area in its Town Centre Strategy. It is also a key gateway location to the north-east.

The outline planning application also emphasises on open space and landscape areas which can preserve the distinctiveness and character of the new neighbourhood.

Bolton Council Director of Place Gerry Brough said: “We’re one step closer to achieving our vision in our £1.2bn masterplan. Church Wharf is fundamental to the regeneration of Bolton town centre. This decision now paves the way for the finer details to be worked through.

“This scheme will unlock an underused piece of land, creating new housing, hundreds of jobs and bringing a mix of people back into the town centre. Church Wharf is a key gateway into the town and of incredible strategic importance. Discussions will continue with landowners and businesses to enable this exciting development to go ahead as planned.”

Initial demolition work is expected to take place on Church Wharf intervention site in the coming weeks. The Late Club and Club Ice building, which is owned by Bolton Council, will be demolished by demolition contractor J Freeley over a 16-week period.


Image: Artist’s impression of Church Wharf neighbourhood. Photo: Courtesy of Bolton Council.

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