The redevelopment of the Croal Valley centres on the reanimation of the River Croal through residential development that takes in riverside apartments and homes interspersed with pocket parks and high-quality public realm. The rediscovery of the blue network will also allow the integration of green space and link Queens Park to the town centre. Croal Valley will create a highly desirable and scenic place to live.

Croal Valley

Progress to Date

Bark Street
Forshaw Land and Property Group have planning permission for a £35m scheme for Pool and Bark Street estimated to be completed within three years consisting of a mixed development of townhouses and 258 apartments. In August they submitted a revised planning application for the development of 55 townhouses for consideration by Bolton Council.

Central Street
Placefirst are in the pre-planning stages for four blocks of build to rent accommodation consisting of 228 homes with 8,500sq.m of office space. It is expected that this will be completed within two years from start date.

Chorley Street 
Bolton at Home and Irwell Valley have been granted planning permission for 118 new affordable homes which will revitalise a former car park off Chorley Street. The development will offer 17 two, three and four-bedroom houses with landscaped gardens which will be available to buy through the Government’s shared ownership scheme designed to help people onto the property ladder. The remainder of the homes will be apartments offering a mix of tenures including affordable rent and Rent-to-Buy, as well as dedicated housing for older people. Work is already underway on site and expected to be completed in October 2021.

Development Highlights

“Bolton Council has set out an ambitious vision for the town centre and we are excited to be working with such a forward-thinking local authority. We have developed our plans for Central Street with the wider town centre framework in mind and are confident our proposals will reflect that ambition.”

Lyndon Forshaw, Managing Director, Forshaw Land & Property Group Ltd

“Having cut our teeth delivering complex refurbishment projects in regeneration areas, Bolton represents an important new milestone for Placefirst as our first major town centre new-build BTR community. This project will show that town centre, urban living isn’t just for young people living in boring apartments.”

David Smith-Milne 
Managing Director, Placefirst

“This is a hugely positive development for Bolton as it brings back into use a derelict site. The other great thing about the scheme is that it’s providing a mix of housing types and tenures to meet local demand for affordable housing.”

Dominic Conway, Director of Development and Growth at Bolton at Home

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