Rivington Chase link road to unlock £262m development site

Proposals for a £12m link road to serve the wider £262m Rivington Chase development, featuring 1,700 homes, have moved forward with a planning application due to go to Bolton Council in the coming weeks.

The road is due to link the 187-acre site, formerly home to the Horwich Loco Works, to the Middlebrook Retail Park, Horwich Parkway railway station, and Junction 6 of the M61.

Funded by a national Government grant, the plans for the road will be submitted this month to help enable further development at Rivington Chase, which has outline consent for 1,700 houses along with retail and leisure development. This was given the go-ahead in September 2015.

Housebuilder Bellway has already started work on the first phase of development, which includes 112 homes at the entrance to the site.

The wider site is being developed by Bluemantle alongside Bolton Council, Homes England, and Network Rail.

Cllr Martin Donaghy, executive cabinet member for strategic housing at Bolton Council, said: “We worked very hard to secure government funding for the road and I’m pleased that the planning application is now due to be submitted.

“The link road is absolutely crucial to provide a new infrastructure to take pressure off other roads in the area.

“We always promised we would address residents’ concerns about site access and this new road, should it receive planning approval, will benefit the whole community.”

Mark Caldwell of Bluemantle, added: “The forthcoming planning application will deliver the key site wide infrastructure that’s needed including main road, remediation and public open space.

“All the landowners have worked hard on this and we all understand how essential the road is for the community.

“As well as the road, we are looking at a new footpath, cycle links and green space, which will transform Rivington Chase making it a fantastic place to live and connect Horwich town centre to Middlebrook.”

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