Westhoughton has a population of around 25,000 residents, the town centre is a well-connected and bustling, with unique local character. It offers a wide range of assets, from a town hall, a library, Carnegie Hall, an indoor market, independent businesses. There are also shops and cafés, a recently refurbished leisure centre, a town park, schools, therapy centre, national convenience retail and food & drink brands, office space as well as banks and building societies.

Westhoughton Town Hall

Taking Action

A number of the town centres challenges could be addressed through the development of the masterplan including developing vacant sites, pedestrian links and connectivity between shops and areas near the town including the park, additional parking and maximising underutilised buildings in the centre.

To face these challenges, the Council has adopted a three-pronged regeneration strategy to;

  • create a masterplan
  • intervene directly
  • leverage private investment
Ditchfield gardens

A £16m budget was approved in 2019 to support the delivery of town centre strategies in Farnworth, Westhoughton, Horwich and Little Lever, with the aim of sustaining the immediate future of the town centres to the benefit of the wider Borough and its residents.

Funding will be used to create the strategies and masterplans in consultation with the local community and stakeholders to support targeted interventions which will ultimately attract private sector investment to secure development proposals. The level of funding given to any town centre will depend on the overall content and quality of the strategy and masterplan and the level of support needed to initiate development.


Masterplans and Proposals

Draft masterplan and key development proposals went out to public consultation at the start of 2020 and anyone with an interest in the future of Westhoughton town centre was given the opportunity to feedback their views. The outcomes of the public consultation were included in the development of the final masterplan approved by Executive Cabinet Member Deputy Leader, Councillor Martyn Cox, in November 2020.

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