The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Town Centre Challenge provided an opportunity to unlock Farnworth’s potential, to boost it’s economic and community value. A new vision focusing on the place has been developed for Farnworth its being brough to life through the Farnworth town centre strategy and Masterplan reflecting the overall 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 consultation with residents, local stakeholders and businesses. The strategy outlines target interventions and projects, with a  framework for progress designed to generate economic benefits to the local area and beyond.

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 an extension to the current leisure centre.

The Farnworth Town Centre Strategy will be delivered in phases over a number of years. The action plan, priorities, output measures and indicators developed are being monitored annually by the Director of Place Development and Assistant Director Economic Development and Regeneration alongside members of the Farnworth town centre Steering Group.


In order to make the masterplan for Farnworth a reality Bolton Council needed to generate funding to support the strategy and ultimately attract private investment.

Thanks to a successful Future High Street Funding Bid, Bolton will receive £13.3m from the Government towards the transformation of Farnworth Town Centre into a vibrant, high quality place to live, work and visit. Work on site will start later this year.

The FHSF monies will be supported by an allocation from the £16m budget approved in 2019, to support the delivery of town centre strategies and masterplans in Farnworth, Westhoughton, Horwich and Little Lever. This is being used to sustain the immediate future of the town centres to the benefit of the wider Borough and its residents. The level of funding given to any town centre will be based on the content and quality of the strategy and masterplan and the level of support needed to initiate developments.

The key projects for Farnworth focus on;

  • the repurposing of vacant retail space into a mixed-use community of over 100 homes;
  • delivering a high quality, flexible community hub from which a range of services can be delivered;
  • new commercial floorspace to activate the town and deliver job opportunities;
  • a new public square and improved pedestrian and cycle connections;
  • delivering an extended and improved Leisure Centre to support health and wellbeing outcomes for the community.

““This is real progress for farnworth and what we’ve been waiting for. The delivery of the key development proposals in the masterplan is vital for Farnworth and the plans proposed by Capital & Centric are welcomed. Our ambition is to rejuvenate the town centre and bring in new community facilities for our residents. ”
Chair of the Farnworth Steering Group, Councillor Paul Sanders

Masterplans and Reports

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