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New sustainable community in Horwich backed for approval

Plans for a sustainable new community of 208 homes in Horwich, Bolton have been recommended for approval by Bolton Council’s planning officers.

The reserved matters planning application for the first two phases of development of Horwich Golf Club follows on from the previous outline approval for the redevelopment of the Golf Course and adjoining land.

Jonathan England, Development Director at Northstone, said: “We are pleased that our revised plans for Horwich Golf Club have been recommended for approval and believe this reinforces our unique approach to design and place-making and our ambition to create quality family homes that meet a range of housing needs surrounded by acres of public green space.

“We have worked very closely with the local community to develop a scheme that not only offers exemplary design but will deliver a sustainable and vibrant neighbourhood for existing and future generations and we look forward to continuing strong working relationships with local people in the future.”

The plans, on land off Victoria Road will see a third of the homes affordable and include new community green spaces, it will deliver significant economic benefits, including around £641,000 towards local education provision and £260,000 for off-site open space in the community, as well as a significant contribution to improve the highway network to mitigate any impact of the development on local roads in and around Horwich.

The new homes will exceed current energy-efficiency requirements by providing proven technology to lower energy bills, such as heat-save technology, intelligent heating systems and waste-limited building specifications, as well as all homes having electric vehicle charge points and photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Peel L&P acquired Horwich Golf Club in 2012. Outline planning consent was granted in September 2021 following an appeal.

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