A housing provider in Bolton has secured planning permission to build 60 new homes on an overgrown and derelict site in Farnworth.
Bolton at Home is working with construction partner Watson to deliver the development, which will consist of 48 apartments and 12 houses on the site in Campbell Street (main picture). The homes will be let at “affordable” rent – some 80% lower than average private rents in the area.
Work on the homes is expected to begin this spring and complete in autumn 2021.
“Bolton, like other places, has a shortage of good quality affordable homes and many people are living at risk of homelessness,” said Paul Philbin, head of development and home ownership at Bolton at Home.
“We’re working hard with our development partners to give more people a better opportunity to live in a safe, secure and energy-efficient home at a comparably low rent level.
“We’ll continue to seek opportunities, funding and approval to provide the types and numbers of properties in places where they’re needed to give local people housing options and help keep them connected with their families and communities.”
Rob Watson, director at Watson Homes, added: “This project will see the delivery of high quality, affordable homes for the Bolton community. At Watson, we’re glad to continue supporting the excellent work Bolton at Home does for local people.
“The key to this development will be ensuring residents are given a quality standard of housing, as well as a sense of community and space that will hopefully impact their day-to-day lives. We’re excited to get started.”
The development will see two three-storey apartment blocks built close to the two-acre site’s boundary with Campbell Street. These will provide 24 one-bedroom apartments and 24 two-bedroom apartments.
The 12 houses, arranged in three terraces, will be built to the rear of the site and comprise six three-bedroom and six two-bedroom properties. All the houses will have off street parking and private rear gardens.
The site, which will be accessed from Campbell Street, is to include dedicated car parking provision for the apartments, secure cycle storage, and communal amenity areas. Landscaping and tree and shrub planting will also take place on the site.