Bolton Council is asking for people’s views on the masterplan for the former Horwich Loco Works.
A draft Supplementary Planning Document, which will guide future development of the area, has been prepared.
The Horwich Loco Works has been identified as a strategic site for redevelopment in the council’s approved core strategy, a document which will guide planning in the borough until 2026.
A consultation period is being held from February 23 to March 30 for the public to give their thoughts.
Developers Horwich Vision Limited are looking to regenerate the 180-acre site with residential and employment development, with potential for up to 1600 homes together with offices and other employment opportunities, which could create up to 4000 jobs.
The consultation will seek views on how matters such as: the accessibility of the site; its heritage; design; ecology and sustainability and alterations or demolition of existing buildings are addressed in the masterplan. The council is also seeking views on the possible cancellation of the conservation area that covers some of the site.
The council’s core strategy makes specific reference to recognising the importance of the heritage of the site and the supplementary planning document will help to ensure that any development that takes place is mindful of this.
Residents are encouraged to give their feedback and all comments received will be considered by Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Development and Regeneration, Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, before the draft is finalised and adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document.
Once approved, the guide will be used with developers in discussions on drawing up detailed proposals for the area.
A survey and a copy of the draft planning document can be obtained: online; from Horwich Library; Horwich Public Hall; and the One Stop Shop.