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Plans to revitalise Bolton’s former Farnworth market take a giant leap forward

As part of our masterplan for the broader regeneration of Bolton, our designs to reinvent the market town of Farnworth as a prominent cultural, residential and retail destination have been approved by Bolton council’s planning committee.

The £50m, mixed-use development for our client, Capital & Centric, will see 120 new homes, retail, and commercial and health and wellbeing community places embedded into an area surrounded by sprawling green and outdoor spaces.

Artisan markets, live events, art galleries and food and beverage pop-ups will be among those attractions set to bring people back to the town centre, which – like many of its counterparts across the country - has seen exponentially decreasing footfalls and general economic decline in recent years.


In addition to increasing biodiversity and the pedestrianisation of Farnworth Market, the plan will reposition the area as a safe, vibrant and attractive community. A multi-tenure approach to the 120 planned homes will see a mix of apartments and townhouses ranging from three to six storeys, accompanied by roof terraces and cycle storage for each building. To foster an intergenerational community, the homes are planned with affordability in mind – encouraging everyone from young professionals to downsizers to create a lively neighbourhood.

Highlighting the plan’s transformational impact, Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric said: “This is what regeneration and social impact is all about – we’re breathing new life into a derelict site right in the heart of the town centre. This is an ambitious, design-led mix of homes, communal facilities, buzzing event and culture spots, and tonnes of green and outdoor spaces… a genuine community. We can’t wait to get cracking and pen an exciting new chapter for Farnworth town centre.”


Architect director, Mark Braund, said: “Across the UK, town centres are facing challenges to their future vitality and viability. As such, they need to become places that offer diverse attractions, social hubs and commercial and cultural enterprises, all of which should be designed to meet the needs of multigenerational, multicultural communities.

“The redevelopment of Farnworth Market will create a vibrant place, built on strong social cohesion, successful business and healthy residents. We are very proud to have designed a welcoming place where people will choose to live, work and visit and we are ecstatic that it has gained planning approval. We are very excited to begin this next stage in the revitalisation of Bolton.”

Following the outline plan approval, a detailed planning application is predicted to be submitted at the end of the year. If approved, construction is likely to commence in early 2022.

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