Plans approved for 69 new “affordable” homes in Bolton

Withins Drive (Demo)

BOLTON at Home was secured planning permission to build 69 new family homes on land in the Breightmet area of the borough.

The site, situated off Withins Drive, will see the development of a mix of two- and three-bedroom houses and one- and two-bedroom apartments. All the properties are set for “affordable” rent levels.

The homes will be built for Bolton at Home by developer Watson Homes, with work expected to start on site in December and be completed in spring 2021.

The housing association said it will look to make the new homes at Withins Drive as “affordable as possible” by making them available at Local Housing Allowance rates. This would keep rents lower than 80% of average private rental charges in the area.

Dominic Conway, director of development and growth, said: “This development will revitalise this formerly developed but now vacant site with well-built, energy-efficient affordable homes. With over 100 expressions of interest each time one of our properties becomes available in Breightmet, homes like these are central to our aim of providing more affordable housing in Bolton.

“Affordable rented homes play a vital role in stopping people being priced out of the housing market, potentially being forced into temporary accommodation or even homelessness. The mix of homes we’ve chosen allows this development to accommodate larger and smaller families, as well as couples and single occupants.”

Mike Watson, director at Watson Homes, added: “We have collaborated once again with Bolton at Home to bring forward a new development of affordable homes that will directly benefit the local community. Building the types of homes that people truly need is a core part of our offering and, once this scheme is complete, we hope to see these properties enhance Breightmet residents’ lives.”

The homes will be built on land that’s been vacant since a former primary school building was demolished in the early 2000s.

The development will feature 51 two- and three-bedroom semi-detached houses, four one-bedroom cottage-style apartments, and 13 two-bedroom maisonette apartments.

The homes will be arranged around a new cul-de-sac access road off Withins Drive, with all the homes benefitting from on-site parking.



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