Bolton Council approves Capital&Centric’s Farnworth town centre plans

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Farnworth town centre

Bolton Council’s planning committee has backed Capital&Centric‘s plans to redevelop Farnworth town centre

The redevelopment plans for Farnworth town centre include the creation of new homes, shops, bars, cafes and green, community spaces.

The project is being led by the Manchester-based social impact developers and is backed by the Government’s Future High Street Fund.

Town centre living in Bolton

The aim of the scheme is to usher in a new era of town centre living in Bolton.

Capital&Centric plan to deliver:

  • 85 design-led one and two bedroom apartments
  • 12 family homes (two and three bedroom)
  • Over 20,000 sq.ft of space for bars, cafes and independent stores
  • A community hub on the ground floor of one of the proposed buildings
  • A new public square, complete with green spaces and places to meet-up
  • An events pavilion, set to support outdoor community events from art and live music to makers markets
  • Lush landscaping to introduce greenery to the town centre
  • Pedestrian links through the community and safe cycle storage

Located on King Street, the site is a short walk from the train station with easy access into Bolton and Manchester, and on the doorstep of the refurbished bus station.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital&Centric said:

“This is not only a game-changer for Farnworth but a blueprint for Greater Manchester towns to adopt. It was a challenge set for us by Bolton.

“We knew whatever we did in Farnworth, we had to redefine the future for generations and think long and hard about the design.

“The approved plans have got elements of our Manchester projects Kampus, Ducie St Warehouse and Crusader Mill in there – all with the same incredible architecture and amenities.

“That’s not easy to deliver, when the average house price in Farnworth is around £144,000, but we’ve taken a long-term view of value creation and that’s unlocked the whole project.

“Our vision is bold, creative and ambitious but we’ve been inspired by the support from the Council, the Towns Fund and GMCA’s innovative brownfield land fund to help us make it happen.”

Multi-million-pound investment

Bolton Council’s director of Place Development, Gerry Brough, said:

“This is a real vote of confidence in the regeneration of Farnworth and Capital & Centric’s multi-million-pound investment in the district centre.

“We are delighted to support this with our extension and refurbishment of Farnworth Leisure Centre, which was also granted planning permission at the same meeting.

“Both these projects are supported by the Future High Street fund and will help make the centre of Farnworth a more vibrant and prosperous place.”

Hoardings are set to be installed in the coming weeks and work is scheduled to start on site later this summer.

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