Welcome

Thank you for taking the time to visit our public consultation website for the plans at Moor Lane, Bolton, specifically the vacant former bus station site and two neighbouring smaller sites.

The proposals that we are bringing forward are an exciting opportunity to redevelop brownfield sites, ideally located to deliver new homes and facilities in the heart of our town.

Ahead of submitting a planning application to Bolton Council, we want to share our ideas with you and hear what the local community has to say. You can learn more about our plans on this website and if you have any questions, you can get in touch with the team using the details listed in the ‘Contact Us’ section.

You can view our proposals by clicking here. This section contains all the information about our vision for these underutilised brownfield sites.

After you’ve viewed our proposals, you can provide feedback by completing the online feedback form or through the other channels provided.

We look forward to hearing from you.

We are committed to an inclusive consultation accessible to all who wish to participate, so if you would like to receive this information in a different format, please click the button below to request it or call us on: 0333 358 0502 (Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.30pm)

Our Proposals

This residential-led mixed-use development represents a long overdue investment in Bolton and the much-needed regeneration of brownfield sites in the Town Centre.

The Site

The application site, as shown on the image, comprise three separate parcels, with a total area of around 3.8 acres:

  • The former bus station site, accessed via Moor Lane to the east;
  • A site to the east of Black Horse Street and south of the existing Job Centre Premises; and
  • A vacant site to the east of Black Horse Street, north of the existing Job Centre Premises and south of Cheadle Square

You can learn more about our vision for the sites below:

 

New Homes

Bolton needs new homes. In the Places for Everyone Plan, published by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Bolton needs over 12,500 new homes by 2037. We believe in, and planning policy, supports a brownfield-first approach, making use of already-developed land and regenerating it to deliver the homes we need.

We don’t want to just build homes, we want to build a community. That’s why our vision is for various house types to suit different needs. Our plans include:

  • 33 one- and two-bedroom over-55 age friendly apartments with parking at the rear; including a lounge for residents
  • 44 three-bedroom terraced houses, with private gardens and secure parking
  • 27 one- and two-bedroom affordable rent apartments
  • 104 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with two three-bedroom duplexes, complete with concierge and gym facilities
  • Three commercial units

We are mindful of the site location which is partially within the Town Hall Conservation Area. That is why our proposals have been influenced by a heritage-led approach and are being sensitively-designed, by world-class architects who have carefully considered the location and setting, and benefited from input from the appointed heritage advisors.

Illustrative examples of what new homes could look like

Senior Living

For too long, older people are trapped in large family homes after children have moved out as there is no accommodation suitable for downsizing. Our plans will provide specially designed senior living apartments, creating a community of similarly-aged residents. Providing these new facilities also keeps the housing market moving, opening up opportunities for growing families as older people move out of family homes.

Family Homes

The terraced houses at the heart of our proposals will deliver much-needed family homes for Bolton, specifically for the town centre. We know that many people are forced to move away from where they grew up as there aren’t any suitable homes. These new homes, with private gardens and parking spaces for all properties, will help people put down roots in Bolton.

Apartments

Part of our proposals will include new one and two bed apartments for those looking for housing of this type. These will be ideal for those looking to get on the property ladder and live close to the Town Centre to explore all what Bolton has to offer on their doorstep such as the award-winning market, the Octagon Theatre and the stunning Le Mans Crescent that has been used for television and films including Peaky Blinders and Coronation Street.

Affordable Housing

As part of developing this new sustainable community in the heart of the town centre, we will be providing a mix of different tenure options. This will include 34 older person apartments for Affordable Rent, 27 apartments for general needs Affordable Rent and 23 houses for Shared Ownership enabling customers to get on to the property ladder.

Commercial Space

The development will be a mixed-use scheme, meaning that as well as new homes, there will be commercial space for new amenities in the area. The commercial space will be located to the east of the site, on the corner of Cheadle Square and Queen’s Street and the corner of Ashburner Street and Queen’s Street, as shown on the map.

Landscaping and Public Realm

A new community development has to be more than bricks and mortar. It’s in the surroundings and the setting that houses become homes and that is why our proposals include extensive landscaping and public open space. Our approach will turn a disused, brownfield site into a vibrant and green area, creating a green corridor link to the nearby Queen’s Park and creating open space that residents, market-goers and others can enjoy.

The development will incorporate a new ‘linear park’ to the north of the site, with a further ‘pocket park’ to the south-west.

Our approach is to create exciting and vibrant spaces for all to live, work and play.

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of our proposals, and we will strive to mitigate the carbon impact of the scheme. The site is in a highly sustainable location within walking distance of the transport interchange, the town’s retail and civic core and Queen’s Park. While the creation of new public realm space on the former bus station will improve the site’s environment.

Existing and Improved Transport Links

The site is ideally located for new residents to take advantage of existing transport links. The heart of the development is just a short walk from the Bolton Interchange which includes Metrolink service providing a direct service to Manchester City Centre and links across Greater Manchester. The site also benefits from being near to key roads such as the A676 to Wigan, the A579 to Bury and the A666 to Blackburn.

As part of the development, we will be delivering enhanced pedestrian routes through the site, linking to the new public open space and providing improved and safer routes.

In addition to this, we are further promoting sustainable travel and connectivity through providing cycle paths within the development where feasible and cycle storage for the new apartments.

About Us

These proposals are being brought forward through a partnership of Step Places with Bolton at Home. We are working together to deliver an ambitious, multi-million pound investment into Bolton, delivering the homes needed alongside new community facilities and open space for the benefit of prospective residents and the wider community.

At Step Places, we aim to create welcoming and diverse communities with the considered design of our homes, green spaces, workplaces and communal amenities all helping to generate social value.

We do not do big chains. We are proud to champion independent traders and artisan businesses to bring a sense of community, vibrancy, and character to a place. We deliver cultural and music spaces, offices and work with small businesses, start-ups and market traders.

Design, innovation and sustainability are at the forefront of our approach. We work with the best and most forward-thinking architects and designers to ensure everything we build, from our new homes and work places to our leisure and retails spaces and the public realm surrounding them, are all anchored by sustainable design.

As part of the development, we will be delivering enhanced pedestrian routes through the site, linking to the new public open space and providing improved and safer routes.

In addition to this, we are further promoting sustainable travel and connectivity through providing cycle paths within the development where feasible and cycle storage for the new apartments.

We own, manage and maintain more than 18,000 homes across the Borough. We invest to improve the quality of our properties and are building new homes to give as many people as we can the opportunity to live in a quality home.

We tackle poverty with debt and money advice. We provide food and clothes initiatives and help people keep warm for less. We support tenants and residents into training and employment.

Particularly in relation to providing homes for older generations, we help our residents to remain independent in their own homes with a community alarm service and adaptations, and we work with volunteer groups to build sustainable communities.

We are a charitable community benefit society that works to make people’s lives better by providing quality housing, giving people opportunities to prosper, and helping customers to maximise their income. To achieve this we work in partnership with a variety of local charities, social enterprises and other agencies.

Have Your Say

Thank you for taking the time to review the proposals. Tell us what you think by completing the form below:

Your data will be held securely in line with General Data Protection Regulations and will be used for the sole purpose of informing the consultation. Non-identifiable and non-attributable aggregated information from the public consultation will be summarised in a Statement of Community Involvement which will be submitted to Bolton Council. This consultation is being undertaken by Lexington, you can view our privacy policy here.

Contact

Should you have any questions, a member of our team will be happy to assist. You can contact us in a number of ways:

This public consultation process is to ensure we hear from the community. Use the contact details above to speak directly with the team.

Register Your Interest

Our plans will see much needed new homes delivered in Bolton. If you are interested in new homes, you can provide your details here and these will be passed to a member of the team.

Your data will be held securely in line with General Data Protection Regulations and will be used for the sole purpose of informing the consultation. Non-identifiable and non-attributable aggregated information from the public consultation will be summarised in a Statement of Community Involvement which will be submitted to Bolton Council. This consultation is being undertaken by Lexington, you can view our privacy policy here.

Accessibility

We are committed to ensuring that all those who wish to take part in the consultation have the opportunity to do so. As such, if you require the information in a different format, please let us know by using the form or contact details below:

Your data will be held securely in line with General Data Protection Regulations and will be used for the sole purpose of informing the consultation. Non-identifiable and non-attributable aggregated information from the public consultation will be summarised in a Statement of Community Involvement which will be submitted to Bolton Council. This consultation is being undertaken by Lexington, you can view our privacy policy here.