Capital and Centric scheme for market site is approved – Business Live
Farnworth market precinct scheme will include public square, retail and leisure units and new homes
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Detailed plans from developers Capital & Centric for the regeneration of Farnworth market precinct have been approved – allowing for 97 new homes, a public square and retail and leisure units.
Bolton Council’s planning committee passed the plans which allow for five blocks to be built varying in height from single-storey to four-storeys.
The detailed design and layout of the scheme follows on from outline permission being granted last September for the project.
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Capital and Centric, said: “The scheme is intended to bring regeneration benefits to the town and is a mixture of public and private funding to bring forward the project.”
Blocks A and B are set out as a pair of three-storey buildings with 12 dwellings, each block providing four two-bed and three, three-bed units.
The buildings will front King Street and are sited to the north east of the site. A shared parking court will be sited between the blocks. Block C will be sited to the west of a public square, fronting Brackley Street.
The three-storey building will house retail and commercial units at ground floor and 22 residential apartments above.
Block D has the largest footprint of the buildings and will have four storeys.
It will be sited to the east of the site and will be U-shaped, fronting Brackley Street, with the newly created public space and the bus station to the north.
The ground floor will have a mix of retail and commercial units and community floorspace in the northern wing, next to the bus station. Floors two to four will have 39 one-bed and 24 two-bed flats.
Block E is the smallest of the buildings in footprint and height being single storey and will provide a focal point for the open space area.
The hope is this building will be a café or restaurant with seating area using part of the public square.
Capital and Centric said that in addition to the buildings ‘the development will integrate a new area of public open space, intending to create a focal point for the town centre utilising hard and soft landscaping to form a town square within the centre of Farnworth’.
The former precinct, market, and Saddle Inn covering the site have been demolished and the sites are currently cleared.
The plans were passed unanimously.