Northstone puts in plans for 260 Bolton homes 

The housebuilding arm of developer Peel L&P has submitted a pair of applications to Bolton Council – a scaled-back scheme of 150 homes at Horwich Golf Club, and 108 homes at Garnet Fold off St Helens Road.

Northstone’s latest proposals at Horwich Golf Club follow the council’s decision to refuse two previous applications, including one for 300 homes in 2018, and another for 276 homes earlier this year.

The developer has lodged an appeal against the most recent refusal and the tweaked 150-home application will run in parallel to the appeal, according to the developer.

By including significantly fewer homes than in previous applications, Northstone’s latest proposal is able to offer up a large portion of the site, around 15 acres, for community use, it added.

Peel L&P bought the golf club in 2012 and lodged the latest proposals following a public consultation. 

Jonathan England, development director at Northstone, said: “The feedback received [during the consultation] will help us with the development of detailed plans for this site, including a new community green.

“Given the apparent increase in people visiting local parks around the country following lockdown, I believe our plans to create a new community green space for Horwich can positively impact on residents’ health and wellbeing, while delivering benefits for ecology and the environment.”

Northstone, which elsewhere is on site to deliver the 150-home Silkash development in Westhoughton, also wants to build 108 homes on a 10-acre site off St Helens Road, close to Burns Animal Foods factory.

The site is allocated for housing under Bolton Council’s local plan.

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