Max Design was the architect behind the project. Credit: via planning documents

Resi approved at Bolton car park

Plans for the Link Building, a conversion of the multi-storey Crown Street facility, have been given the green light amid approvals for more than 200 homes.

Bolton has also this week approved 40 homes off Blenheim Road by Bellmac Development, advised by Euan Kellie Property Solutions.

Last week, reserved matters approval was granted to Morris Homes for 43 homes within the Horwich Loco Works masterplan area, where Bluemantle and Bellway are also working.

The car park project is the most intriguing, however. Advised by Max Design, Wright Investments and Queensbridge Homes put forward plans last year for the concrete car park’s redevelopment.

The plans as set out in Max’s design and access statement outline 15 one-bedroom apartments 55 two-bedroom apartments, and four three-bedroom apartments. 23 ground-level townhouses and 18 townhouses are being installed in two rows at rooftop level, making for 115 homes.

There will also be three retail units and 93 parking spaces. Swimming venue Splash Academy will remain in its existing space.

The town centre site sits at the junction of Crown Street and Bow Street. It is not in a conservation area but overlooks the Deansgate, St George’s and Churchgate conservation areas.

In its DAS, Max said that the overriding challenge of the site, the lack of natural light in the centre, would be dealt with by the introduction of a glass atrium, while it said the façade design has been inspired by Bolton’s cotton mill heritage.

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