Bolton at Home and Irwell Valley Homes have been granted planning permission for 118 new affordable homes close to Bolton town centre. The homes will revitalise a derelict former car park off Chorley Street with work expected to start on site before the end of September.
The development will provide a range of homes and tenures to respond to the local housing demand. Once complete, it will offer 17 two, three and four-bedroom houses with landscaped gardens. These will be available to buy through the Government's shared ownership scheme designed to help people onto the property ladder. The remainder of the homes will be apartments offering a mix of tenures including affordable rent and Rent-to-Buy, as well as specialist housing for older people.
The development, which has received grant funding from Homes England, will be built by experienced developer and contractor Watson Homes and has been designed by TADW architects.
Claire Griffiths, executive director of growth, development and assets at Irwell Valley Homes, said: "This development offers something for everyone, responding to the diverse need for affordable homes to rent and to buy in Bolton, as well as the growing demand for specialist housing for older people.
"Gaining planning permission is fantastic news. It will help to kick start the regeneration of this area of Bolton and make a positive impact on achieving the targets for new homes across Greater Manchester."
Dominic Conway, director of development and growth at Bolton at Home, said: “We’re thrilled to have gained planning permission for this development, which provides much-needed choice for local people in need of affordable housing.
“Being so close to local services, the town centre and transport links, we expect this development to prove very popular with residents, especially those working in the town centre. It will play a key role in our plans to create over 1,400 new affordable homes across the borough.”
Rob Watson, director at Watson Homes, said: “We worked closely with Bolton at Home and Irwell Valley Homes to refine our vision for this vital scheme and are delighted that it has been backed by the local planning authority. When complete, this high-quality development will bring a new standard of affordable housing to Bolton in an attractive, convenient setting.”
At the centre of the site, 62 car parking spaces will be provided for residents living in the apartments, as well as 31 spaces for the houses. The homes will be accessed from Chorley Street, using an existing access point.
Each apartment will be equipped with Juliet balconies, with a number of homes giving tenants views of Queen’s Park and the River Croal, which runs next to the site.
Bolton at Home and Irwell Valley Homes are both members of the Greater Manchester Housing Providers Network. The 26 providers that make up the network have collectively pledged to provide 16,000 new homes by April 2024.