New Approval: Bowsall Ltd - Former Bolton College
A planning application for the redevelopment of the former Bolton College site in Horwich for up to 140 new homes, submitted on behalf of Bowsall Ltd, was approved by Bolton Council committee members prior to referral to Secretary of State in June. The Secretary of State has since confirmed that the application won't be called in and that the Council is free to confirm the approval.
The former Bolton College site is located off Victoria Road in the heart of the Lancashire town of Horwich, close to a number of shops and services and large residential areas.
NJL Consulting managed the preparation and submission of the outline scheme which secured permission for the redevelopment of the site to provide up to 140 new homes. The details of the site’s access, landscaping and internal layout will be determined at reserved matters stage. Architectural services on the outline application were provided by JDA Architects.
Part of the application site was formerly a sports pitch and the application therefore required careful consideration of playing pitch issues. The application was eventually approved by members despite Sport England objecting to the application.
The appropriate level of education contributions also required careful negotiation as a primary school adjacent to the site was keen to be gifted land for its future expansion.