Consultation on housing estate underway 

20/01/10

Residents are being asked for their views on the future of a housing estate.

The Commission Street estate on Deane Road and Waring Way contains properties dating back to the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The estate would require significant investment to bring it to standard and residents have raised concerns about the impact of nearby developments on their homes.

The housing estate lies within the Innovation Zone and it has been identified by the council as a possible site for further development to complement the £70 million academic campus being constructed by the colleges and the expansion of Bolton University.

Council bosses told residents in a meeting last August that they would be consulted before any plans are drawn up.

Residents are being invited to drop in sessions on January 26 at the Commission Street Community Centre to give their views on what they see as the future of the estate.

Councillor John Byrne, Executive Member for Development and Councillor Nick Peel, Executive Member for Housing said in a joint statement:

“Before any decisions are made, we would like to gauge residents’ views and would like the opportunity to discuss the future of the estate in much more detail with them. “One approach might be to redevelop the estate in phases beginning with the southern and eastern boundaries of the estate along Waring Way and Deane Road and we want to hear what residents think about this.
“The character and environment of this part of central Bolton is changing, with the large scale public investment in nearby developments.
“A residential estate on this site might no longer be appropriate and we need to consider whether the site should be made available for a development that complements the activity in the area in the future.”

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