Bellway acquires 19 acres in Westhoughton
The housebuilder is constructing 167 homes in the Bolton town after winning planning permission following an appeal.
Of the 167 houses in the budding Royal Bowland Park development, 58 are to be designated affordable. The homes will be a mixture of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties and each will be from Bellway’s Artisan Collection.
Earthworks are underway at the 19.6-acre greenfield site, which used to be a historic farm known as Bowlands Hey. The first Bellway houses will be available for sale this autumn and completed by summer 2022.
Bellway is honouring the site’s heritage by keeping the existing hedgerows, adding more native planting and creating a pond. There will also be open space with play equipment in the development.
Planning permission for the Royal Bowland Park neighbourhood had initially been denied over issues pertaining to conflicts with the site’s greenfield status and the council’s Bolton Core Strategy, which advocates for promoting housing in the town centre. However, a government-appointed inspector overturned that decision in July 2020.
As part of its Section 106 agreement for the scheme, Bellway contributed £506,925 towards education in the community and £28,536 towards highways.
Royal Bowland Park is the second phase of Bellway’s plans for the former farm. The first phase of 129 houses is complete and nearly sold out, according to Bellway Manchester sales director Hollie Reynolds. Plans were submitted in June this year for 123 houses in phases three and four, and 189 homes in phase five.