Up to 120 homes and 23,600 sq ft of commercial space feature within the developer’s scaled back plans to overhaul the town’s market precinct.
The Bolton Council has recommended Capital&Centric’s £50m scheme be approved following a reduction in the scale of the development earlier this month.
The BDP-designed revamp, which also features a linear park, coworking space, and a community pavilion, originally had 220 homes.
However, the latest interaction of the project now has just 94 homes – 82 apartments and 12 family houses. The outline application up for approval next week seeks permission for up to 120 homes.
“Given the level of funds available, rather than delivering the original proposal to a lower quality, a reduction in floorspace and the number of units will ensure a high-quality scheme will still come forward,” a planning statement by BDP said.
Last December, Farnworth was awarded £13m from the government’s Future High Streets Fund to help transform the town centre.
Additional elements of the scheme include a new public square that could accommodate artisan markets, live events, art galleries and food pop-ups. A flexible indoor space for community uses is also proposed.