Revised Radcliffe masterplan tipped for sign-off

Proposals for a new civic hub in the town centre, including offices, leisure and retail, are awaiting approval by Bury Council following a six-week consultation that resulted in amendments to the plans unveiled in June.

Under the draft Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration Framework, drawn up by planning consultancy Deloitte Real Estate, the town centre would be transformed into a mixed-use civic hub. There would also be improvements to the existing Radcliffe Piazza and an expansion of the Market Hall, and the Market Chambers building would be repurposed to provide flexible working space.   

Following the public consultation, plans to add another level to the car park at the town’s Asda supermarket have been scrapped and a secondary school has been added as a strategic policy in the draft SRF.   

The proposals also include the creation of a new public services hub building and a leisure facility. 

Landscape architect Planit-IE has been appointed to consult on public realm improvements to the piazza, Blackburn Street and other key routes.  

Meanwhile, several sites have been earmarked for residential development within the Radcliffe area, including the East Lancashire Paper Mill site, which already has outline consent for 400 homes. 

A site next to the Millwood Primary Special School has also been earmarked for new housing, with the potential for 90 new homes. 

A full housing delivery plan, as well as a parking strategy for the town centre, is expected to be drawn up at a later date.  

The council’s cabinet is expected to approve the latest draft of the framework when it meets next week.

The document follows the development of previous town centre projects in Bury, including the arrival of a Lidl supermarket, the relocation of the bus station and the expansion of the Dunelm call centre. 

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