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Farnworth town centre regeneration moves forward

Plans to transform Farnworth’s market precinct into a vibrant town centre community are moving forward after developer Capital&Centric submitted a detailed planning application to Bolton Council. Outline plans were approved in September 2021.

The application seeks to freeze the detailed design features to create a mixed use neighbourhood, surrounded by new green public spaces. Plans include a range of design-led housing, with 85 one and two bedroom apartments alongside family homes, including 6 two bedroom properties and 6 three bedroom homes.

Farnworth town centre will be rebooted with over 20,000 sqft of space for bars, cafés and independent stores. Plans also feature a community hub on the ground floor.

Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital&Centric, said: “There’s a real buzz about the plans for Farnworth and it’s brilliant to hit the ground running in 2022 with submission of the detailed plans. It’s all part of a renaissance of Greater Manchester’s towns as places to live, as well as dine out or shop.

“We think Farnworth will challenge the perception of town centre living and set the blueprint for how to reinvigorate centres that have traditionally relied heavily on footfall from shoppers.”

Located on King Street, the site is a short walk from the train station and on the doorstep of the refurbished bus station.

The submission of the detailed planning application will help deliver the town centre masterplan adopted by Bolton Council in 2019, which includes plans to redevelop the market precinct. Farnworth is also one of Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham’s Town Centre Challenge locations.

Cllr Martyn Cox, the Leader of Bolton Council, said:  "It’s great to see Capital & Centric’s plans progressing and taking shape following detailed consultation with Farnworth stakeholders and residents. This mixed-use development offers something for all ages with new homes, community hub, leisure facilities and green space, Farnworth will be transformed creating a real community in the heart of the town.”

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