Published: Thursday, 31st Jan 2019

Hundreds of Bolton residents have already viewed plans to create a new £150m neighbourhood at Church Wharf.

Artist’s impression from Well StreetThe two drop-in sessions, organized by Muse Developments, were part of a wider public consultation on the area’s future.

The proposal includes a vibrant mix of around 320 homes, a new hotel, commercial offices and leisure and retail opportunities, such as a café, convenience store, bar or restaurant.

The drop-in sessions held in Crompton Place Shopping Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January were an opportunity for local residents to learn more about the Church Wharf proposals and provide valuable feedback.

Over 95% of visitors who completed feedback forms at the drop-in event said they agreed with plans to develop Church Wharf.

The two sessions were attended by over 300 people, and the project team were on hand to answer questions from local residents.

David Burkinshaw of Muse Developments said: “Having over 300 local residents come and engage with our consultation on Church Wharf is very encouraging.

“Church Wharf is a really important development for Bolton. It’s the first site to come forward under the Council’s ambitious town centre strategy and we are grateful for everyone who has shared their views on the proposals with us. 

“The consultation period remains open, and I would encourage local residents who are yet to have their say on Church Wharf to provide feedback on the project website.”

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Deputy Leader of Bolton Council, added:

“We are delighted with how the consultation has gone and the response from the community.

“This is the first major scheme in our masterplan where developers have revealed detailed proposals for the site.

“The Church Wharf plans will transform a key gateway into Bolton that needs attention and care, and we are backing the scheme through our wider £100m investment.”

The drop-in events form part of the pre-application consultation phase, and local residents are able to have their say on the consultation website.

The consultation will remain open until Friday, February 8.