The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Town Centre Challenge provided an opportunity to unlock Farnworth’s potential, in terms of both its community and economic value. A new vision for Farnworth has been developed that focusses on both the place and the community this has been outlined in the Farnworth town centre strategy and Masterplan for Farnworth that reflects the Bolton Vision 2030.

Farnworth Town Hall

Farnworth Town Centre Strategy and Masterplan

The council formally approved the new town centre Strategy for Farnworth and Masterplan on the 8th July 2019, following wide-scale consultation with residents. The Strategy includes target interventions, masterplan framework and economic benefits. The interventions include the creation of a new community and civic hub in the heart of the town centre, improved public realm, the redevelopment of the Market Precinct and extension of the leisure centre.

The Farnworth Town Centre Strategy will be delivered in phases over a number of years. An action plan with appropriate priorities, output measures and indicators will be developed enabling annual monitoring and review reports overseen by the Director of Place and Assistant Director Economic Development and Regeneration and members of the Farnworth town centre Steering Group.

Farnworth Aerial


In 2019 Cabinet approved a £12m allocation of funding from the £100m Town Centre Strategy Fund and an additional £4m of funding from the 2019/20 Capital Programme to be create strategies and masterplans in consultation with the local community and support targeted intervention in Farnworth, Horwich, Westhoughton and Little Lever town centres where they will ultimately attract private sector investment and secure development proposals.

Following the submission of an expression of interest for up to £25 million funding from the Future High Streets Fund.  Farnworth town centre has successfully  been awarded £13.3m and work is ongoing to complete the development of the business case.  The final business case is due to be submitted on 30th April 2020 with the outcome expected in Summer 2020.

Masterplans and Reports

Please find below copies Farnworth’s Masterplans and reports.

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