Published: Monday, 25th Nov 2019

Bolton residents can have their say about the proposed vision for the future of Crompton Place Shopping Centre and the wider Victoria Square area.

Crompton development plansThe proposals are for a major overhaul of the existing shopping centre, to completely revamp the whole area and kick-start the regeneration of the town centre.

The development is being brought forward by Bolton Regeneration Limited, a partnership between Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International (BCEGI) and Midia.

The centre, which could be renamed ‘Bolton Victoria Square’, is a strategically important step in Bolton Council’s £1.5 billion masterplan and one of five ‘intervention areas’.

The public can have their say about the regeneration project later this month at sessions on 28th, 29th and 30th November.

‘Bolton Victoria Square’ is a working title and the public’s feedback will be taken into account before renaming the centre.

Nationally, the retail landscape has undergone a huge change with town centres facing many challenges.

Bolton has not been immune to this, and the new proposals aim to restore Bolton town centre as the heart of the community and make it a vibrant place again where people want to live, work, visit, shop and socialise.

On show will be proposals for a new multi-use development that combines an improved retail experience with independent and local shops at its core, an enhanced public realm along with new ‘A Grade’ office space, high quality homes right in the heart of the town centre, and a hotel.

Steven Turner, Director of Bolton Regeneration Limited, comments:

“This scheme is the first key step in developing an exciting vision for a refreshed and revitalised Bolton town centre and we are incredibly excited to be driving this forward. The re-purposing of Crompton Shopping Centre will enable the creation of multi-use space that improves the access and pedestrian flows within the town centre. Importantly, the revitalisation of the area will deliver real long term economic and social benefits for the people of Bolton.”

Tony Oakman, Bolton Council’s Chief Executive, added:

“We are committed to making Bolton town centre a great place to live, work, shop and visit. The proposals for Crompton Place lie at the heart of our £1.5bn town centre masterplan that will deliver a centre that everyone in Bolton can be proud of. We want the residents of Bolton to help us shape these developments which is why it is so important that as many people as possible come along to the consultation events and have their say. All the partners have worked long and hard to get to this stage to come up with these exciting plans. I’d encourage everyone with an interest in the town centre to come along.”

To have your say, come along to the former Clarks shoe shop in Crompton Place, 20-22 Hotel Street opposite M&S on the following days:

  • Thursday 28 November 2019, 4pm - 7pm
  • Friday 29th November 2019, 10am - 4pm 
  • Saturday 30th November 2019, 9am - 12pm

Further Information and an online feedback form are available online at:

Consultation feedback closes on 6th December 2019. 

Following consideration of the feedback, an outline planning application is scheduled to be submitted to Bolton Council in early 2020.