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Consultation begins on £150m Bolton town centre neighbourhood plans

Muse Developments has launched a public consultation on proposals for a new £150 million Bolton town centre neighbourhood.

The Church Wharf scheme could include a new hotel, commercial offices and leisure and retail opportunities alongside around 320 homes.

Muse is working in partnership with Bolton Council to regenerate the site, which is one of five within the local authority’s £1 billion masterplan to transform the town centre.

Improvements to the area’s river setting an a new footbridge linking Church Wharf to Bank Street are also included in the neighbourhood plans, which are expected to create up to 290 jobs when the site is completed and 130 during construction.

Bolton town centre, Church Wharf

The existing site and how it could look.

The plans could also bring an additional £450,000 of business rates each year for the council.

Meanwhile an opportunity for a temporary landscaped area for leisure and events to be set aside while the development takes place is also being looked at.

On the launch of the consultation, which will see drop-in events take place later this month, David Burkinshaw of Muse Developments says: “Cities and towns across the North are being revitalised as more people choose to live in urban centres. This shift in the way people want to live is enabling new neighbourhoods to be created with a daytime and evening economy, where restaurants, bars, cafes and shops all thrive.

“The [Church Wharf] area has a rich industrial heritage and the development will be designed to balance the desire for modern, high quality architecture with its historic setting. We’re looking at retaining some of the existing buildings and other features.”

Bolton town centre, Church Wharf

The Church Wharf regeneration site.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, deputy leader of Bolton Council, adds: “Church Wharf is a key gateway into Bolton town centre and one of five sites in the council’s billion-pound town centre masterplan. Creating a new neighbourhood at Church Wharf will help regenerate the town centre and breathe new life into the area. We’re supporting this vision with £100m direct investment to fund the key infrastructure needed to deliver important town centre sites including Church Wharf.”

“We’re excited by the plans that have been developed and would encourage local people to come along to the consultation events and have their say.”

Consultation events will be held at Unit 11 (next to Warren James) in Bolton’s Compton Place Shopping Centre from 12-6pm on 25 January, and between 10am and 4pm on 26 January.

Following the consultation, Muse is looking to submit a planning application in the spring with a decision from Bolton Council expected in the summer.