Following on from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Town Centre Challenge of the late 2010’s which gave Farnworth the opportunity to boost its economic and community value, the town has been identified as part of the Government’s Long Term Plan for Towns Programme. This will provide £20 million over the ten years to 2034 to build on the vision, the 2019 Masterplan and Town Centre Strategy.

The Long Term Plan programme requires the evolution of Bolton Towns Board to allow a specific Farnworth focus and the development of a refresh of the Vision for Farnworth. At the heart of the new Vision is the expectation that there will be extensive community involvement in shaping the plan and delivering the projects over the coming decade.

Farnworth Town Hall

Farnworth Town Centre Strategy and Masterplan

In July 2019, Bolton Council formally approved the Town Centre Strategy for Farnworth and Masterplan after extensive consultation with residents, local stakeholders and businesses. At the time a number of interventions were identified and five years on these have either been completed or a well underway.

The Long Term Plan will consider Farnworth beyond the town centre and develop actions to support people across the town so they grow a real sense of community and mutual respect.


Bolton Council was successful in securing a package of funding to turn the aspirations of the Masterplan into reality. £13.3m from the Future High Street Fund together with  funding from the Greater Manchester Investment Fund and the council’s own budgets have already made great inroads into the transformation of Farnworth town centre. The key projects for Farnworth have focussed 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.

Next steps

The next phase for Farnworth comes with the inclusion of the town in the Long Term Plan for Towns programme. This programme allocates £20m over a ten year period for projects that will address key issues facing the residents and businesses of the town. To help the development of the plan, a dataset of issues compiled by the Office of National Statistics has been provided. The funding will be released evenly over the decade and unlike previous funds which have focused on generally large scale capital works, the funding can be used to support smaller scale community initiatives and activities like building social trust, supporting young people into training or employment, improving transport and mobility and public safety and security.

The Long Term Plan is to be submitted by 31st July 2024. It is expected to provide detailed costed proposals for the first three years with a broad outline of objectives and approaches to cover the remaining seven years. These will be developed into projects over time.

Farnworth project meeting- landscape

Have your say

The Council is leading the process of engaging with the community to identify projects for inclusion in the plan. This will include meetings with local stakeholders, workshops with community groups and online participation.

Consultation on the plan is ongoing during May, June and July 2024.

We would like to invite residents and stakeholders to contribute to the plan through sharing ideas.

To have your say, click here.

Project Proposals

We are welcoming applications for project funding in accordance with the Intervention themes. These can be found in the intervention themes document.

Please complete a project proposal form and return it to cathy.palmer@bolton.gov.uk by 31st May.

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