Bellway Westhoughton Resubmission
Layout for the Royal Bowland Park development. Credit: via planning documents

Bellway acquires 19 acres in Westhoughton

Julia Hatmaker

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.

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Government needs to come to Westhoughton and see the crap they have made to congestion and what it is doing to residents affected by the most built on land in howfen. Shameful. Try living with a road sweeper 8 hours a day for years

By Stewart caunce

Shocking and callous decision to wantonly destroy the countryside. Has Bolton Council heard of global warming?

By Westwell

Is there ever going to be an end to the amout of houses being built in Westhoughton by greedy developers, there is never any mention of extra services to meet the demand , roads are already congested , wild life driven out of its habitat onto estates. These companies have no shame and neither have the government who allow it to happen after the local council turn planning permission down but its a case of its not on their doorstep.

By Barbara Prescott

May as well rename the town Bellway
Ominous only £28 k to roads – more congestion.

By David