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Muse named ‘key developer’ on Bolton regeneration scheme

Muse Developments has been named as the “key developer” on a project to regenerate Church Wharf in Bolton.

The North West property firm will work on the transformation of one of the five principal sites in Bolton Council’s £1 billion town centre masterplan.

The announcement was made by director of place at Bolton Council, Stephen Young during an event hosted by Channel 4’s George Clarke at MIPIM 2018.

Ambitions for Church Wharf (pictured) include creating a “distinctive residential neighbourhood” that brings together hundreds of new homes woven together by new public spaces as well as a new pedestrian route along the River Croal.

Muse will now work on a scheme in line with the council’s masterplan vision.

The masterplan contains proposals to redevelop the town centre up to 2030 and beyond. It includes creating 1,800 new homes, 7,400 new jobs and generating economic activity worth an additional £412 million over five sites.

Illustrative example of the proposed transformation of Trinity Quarter – one area identified in the council’s masterplan.

Phil Mayall, director at Muse Developments, says: “We are excited to work on a scheme that has so much potential. Bolton is a forward-thinking council that wants to bring real change to the town.

“We have been tracking the project for a long time, so it will be great to begin to get the wheels in motion.

“However, we are at the start of a long journey – at this stage all options will be analysed and considered and we will be working closely with the council to get the plans right for the town.

“Local residents, businesses and stakeholders will also be consulted as proposals emerge.”

Illustrative example of the proposed transformation of Crompton Place’s facade, fronting onto Victoria Square – another area identified in the council’s masterplan.

The council also recently sought feedback on a draft Supplementary Planning Document for the Church Wharf area and the responses to the consultation are now being reviewed.

Once approved, the document will be used to guide the redevelopment of the site. It’s anticipated that some initial preparation work including site clearance could take place in the coming months.

Muse is aiming to submit a planning application for a scheme by the end of the year.