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Placefirst aims to build 158 homes on the site, along with ground floor retail space. Credit: via Medlock Media

Placefirst to start on 150-home scheme in Bolton

Julia Hatmaker

Forshaw Demolition has finished clearing the mixed-use Central Street site, which is part of the council’s Croal Valley regeneration plans.

The work was enabled after the scheme secured Brownfield Housing Land funds. Now, build-to-rent provider Placefirst is ready to build more than 150 homes as well as commercial units, a public square, and pedestrian-priority roads on the 2.7-acre site.

Levitt Bernstein is the architect for the £25m project and CW Studios is the landscape architect.

Placefirst is aiming for a 2023 completion for Central Street.

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Placefirst development director Darren Lawless, Cllr Martyn Cox and Cllr Adele Warren visited the site. Credit: Paul Heyes

“We’re excited to be involved in this transformational development with Bolton Council, to deliver new high-quality homes for rent in the town centre,” said Darran Lawless, development director at Placefirst. “Regeneration of this former brownfield site is another example of our dedication to placemaking and creating thriving neighbourhoods where people want to live.”

At a recent site visit, Bolton Council leader Cllr Martyn Cox said: “There is visible progress being made at regeneration sites across the town centre and it was great to visit Central Street to see the work first-hand.

“A key part of our masterplan is redeveloping brownfield land and making the town centre a vibrant and attractive place to live.”

Cllr Adele Warren, cabinet member for regeneration, praised the development.

“Not only will this development provide much-needed homes to meet growing demand, but the Croal Valley intervention area will also create green space and boost active travel,” she said.

She added that there was “real momentum” behind Bolton’s regeneration efforts, citing Bolton College of Medical Sciences success in securing Levelling Up funds and the Farnworth development netting Greater Manchester Brownfield Housing funding.

Central Street is one of four projects that make up the council’s wider Croal Valley scheme. Other schemes include Forshaw Land and Property Group’s £35m Bark Street plan and Bolton at Home’s 118-home Chorley Street development.

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Big mistake; some seriously good buildings were flattened for this poorly designed scheme.

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