Forshaw Bolton Cgi

Forshaw sets start date for £35m Bolton scheme

After securing planning permission last week, the developer is aiming to start work on its 262-home project in Bolton’s Croal Valley in the fourth quarter of this year.

The proposals were given the green light by Bolton Council’s planning committee and are for a plot fronting St George’s Road between Bark Street and Back Bark Street.

Forshaw is proposing a mix of apartments in townhouses split between a nine-and-six storey block, which has been designed by architect Hattrell DS One. Residential amenities include a gym, private cinema rooms, residents’ lounges, and a roof terrace.

The Bolton-based developer expects to start work on the project in the last quarter of this year, although a contractor is yet to be appointed.

The plans follow earlier proposals by developer Midia for a £45m project next to the railway and bus stations, led by a 20-storey residential tower set to include 150 one and two-bed apartments targeted at young professionals, commuters, and growing families.

Alongside, the developer is proposing a 500-space multi-storey car park and a 30,000 sq ft office block. A planning application is expected for the project in the spring.

Midia is also involved with plans for the Crompton Place Shopping Centre, bought by Bolton Council last year for £14.8m. Working with BCEGI, plans are being worked up for a new retail and leisure development on the site.

Bolton’s planning committee also approved Muse’s plans for Church Wharf last week; working with architect AEW, the developer’s proposals feature a residential-led mixed use development including around 320 homes as well as the potential for a hotel, offices, and ground-floor retail and commercial space.

There will be a mix of one, two, and three-bed flats along with duplexes and townhouses.

Gerry Brough, Bolton Council’s director of place, said: “This is another piece in our masterplan jigsaw slotting into place.

“This scheme – like Church Wharf – will rejuvenate a key gateway into the town centre, which needs significant regeneration.

“It will also bring much needed housing to a brownfield site in the heart of Bolton, bringing more people into our town and creating jobs which will help the local economy.

“It demonstrates yet more investor confidence in our vision and strategy.”

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All well building these homes for young professionals,but what about people on the social housing waiting list waiting for a home to live in these should be given homes before anyone else.

By Lord

This is a start but the deterioration of Bolton over the last 20 years is startling.It is dirty, neglected, full of cheap shops. There is no pride.Old school Boltonians say they are ashamed at what their town has become.

By Elephant