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Overall, Rivington Chase could deliver 1,700 homes. Credit: Google Earth

Hong Kong Racing refreshes Horwich Loco Works resi 

Proposals for 145 houses on a chunk of the 187-acre Rivington Chase masterplan have been lodged more than eight years after the developer first put forward plans for the site. 

Hong Kong Racing, a subsidiary of the Manchester-based investor that is developing the 1,000-home Park Place skyscrapers at Great Jackson Street, wants to build a mix of two- and three-bedroom houses on a 6.6-acre piece of the former Horwich Loco Works in Bolton. 

In 2014, Hong Kong Racing put forward proposals for 130 apartments across four blocks on the site. After a five-year delay, the scheme was approved. 

In the intervening years between the submission of the application and its approval, consent was granted for the wider Rivington Chase scheme.  

This project, headed up by Bluemantle Group, comprises 1,700 homes, many of which are being brought forward by Bellway. 

In 2021, having revised the earlier proposals, Hong Kong Racing was in discussions with Bolton Council about increasing the number of homes to 235, a mixture of houses and apartments. 

However, Bolton was not receptive to those proposals, resulting in the 145-home scheme lodged with the authority recently. 

The latest iteration of the project, designed by McCamley Architects, contains no apartments, with the four blocks removed in response to council feedback. 

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