The scheme was refused three times before being approved at appeal. Credit: via Lexington

Bolton approves 208 Horwich homes

Developer Northstone, part of Peel L&P, plans to start work early next year on its £57m Horwich Golf Club transformation.

In accordance with office recommendation, Bolton Council signed off Northstone’s reserved matters application for the first two phases of the golf club regen at the authority’s planning committee meeting on 29 September.

Outline permission for the wider scheme was approved last year after Northstone won an appeal – Bolton Council had rejected the project three times beforehand.

Northstone now has the go-ahead to build 208 homes on the 40-acre site. Of those 208 homes, 71 are set to be designated affordable.

The new houses will feature energy-efficiency technology, including intelligent heating systems, waste-limited building specifications, and heat-save tech. Solar panels and electric vehicle charging points will also be found at each home.

Northstone has decided to make around half of the site publicly accessible great space that would also feature play equipment for children. The developer has said it will retain the woodland areas of the site and plant more trees and shrubs to help boost biodiversity.

Jonathan England, development director at Northstone, said the company was pleased with the council’s decision to approve the project.

He added that he believes the approval “reinforces” Northstone’s approach towards placemaking.

“Our whole approach is to create quality family homes that meet a range of housing needs, set within acres of public green space,” England said.

“We’re committed to raising the bar when it comes to new build homes, none more so than in Bolton. We’ve recently won awards for our efforts to have a positive and sustainable impact on the communities where we work.”

Later, England described how the scheme has evolved over time

“We’ve worked really closely with the local community to develop a scheme that not only offers exemplary design but will deliver a sustainable and vibrant neighbourhood for existing and future generations,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing strong working relationships with local people in the future.

“We’re pleased to have been able to demonstrate our commitment to being a good neighbour and important partner in Bolton over the coming months and years ahead.”

NJL Consulting is the planner for the scheme. Pegasus crafted the landscape scheme. The project team includes E3p as remediation consultant, Hann Tucker Associates as noise consultant, Sutcliffe as flood risk and drainage assessor, TTHC as transport consultant, Briary Energy, and Air Quality Consultants. TEP is the arboricultural, biodiversity and ecology consultant.

The application reference number with Bolton Council is 13681/22.

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Not enough affordable housing for my money should be 50-50.

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Why are the buildings so ugly? These are supposed to be homes for people, not storage units for robots.

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