Planning application validated for Bolton site

A planning application from Muller Property Group has been validated by Bolton Council for a brownfield site fronting Leverhulme Park in the town.

Outline planning permission is sought for 100 dwellings on the site, alongside an application to regulate the topography of the former railway cutting, to a level platform for the residential development.

The 6.8 acre site is located along the east and west of Long Lane on the northern periphery of Darcy Lever, adjacent to Leverhulme Park and approximately 2.2km east of Bolton town centre.

Muller’s application proposes an indicative mix of 2, 3 and 4 bed dwellings, reflecting the needs of the local area. Areas of informal green space, alongside pedestrian and cycle links, are included within the proposed layout to encourage use of neighbouring open spaces and recreational areas.

“Much of this railway cutting site has already been redeveloped and this final piece of redundant brownfield land is ripe for transformation,” commented Colin Muller, chief executive of Muller Property.  “Our vision for this site is to reinforce the traditional local character of Darcy Lever while supporting the demand for much needed new housing here.  Our proposal would deliver an attractive and sustainable scheme where residents can reap the benefits of living adjacent to Leverhulme Park and all the wonderful leisure and sporting opportunities that it provides.”

The site is allocated for residential development in the Bolton local plan and is equally well located with regards to access to shops, services, schools and employment facilities.  All can be reached by a range of sustainable modes of transport including walking, bicycle, and public transport.

Neighbouring Leverhulme Park is the largest park in Bolton and includes a community centre, athletics stadium, five-a-side football pitches, cricket pitches and a bowling club. Additionally, five minutes’ walk from the site, is Moses Gate Country Park which extends to 750 acres and includes nature trails plus horse and cycle routes.

The planning decision is expected in late April 2023.