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Our most transformative scheme to date

At Watson, we pride ourselves on putting the community at the heart of any project we take on.

That’s why, as we’re looking at finishing up our plans for the redevelopment of Creams Mill and Hall Lane in Little Lever, it’s been important for us to hear the views of those it would impact the most. The homeowners, local businesses, workers, families, parents, dog walkers, nature enthusiasts and canal ramblers. Not to mention key community spokespeople, prospective residents and our local politicians.

We launched our Creams Mill and Hall Lane public consultation on 23rd September 2020, asking people to visit our dedicated website to give us some feedback on the planned development. The responses we get will help to inform our plans over the coming weeks and months.

Keeping it simple, we want to deliver a quality, affordable housing scheme that can be enjoyed for generations to come. A major part of our plans also propose to transform the disused Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, making it a community hub for Creams Mill residents and the surrounding areas.

We know that Creams Mill and Hall Lane are key parts of Little Lever’s history and identity, and we want to make the best use of the derelict land that we can: building new, quality affordable homes and bringing the canal back to life.

The complete plans include:

  • Almost 300 affordable homes of one, two, three and four-bedrooms
  • Spacious living areas including living room, kitchen and bathrooms
  • Garden spaces perfect for families
  • Shared ownership options to support Bolton Council’s affordability targets
  • The incorporation of renewable energy technology, such as air source heat pumps to produce hot water, and solar PV panels to generate electricity. This will cut the cost for residents – and the environment
  • Creation of brand-new public spaces and woodland walkways alongside a revitalised Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
  • Installation of a new road bridge at Creams Mill and repairs to the existing bridge for pedestrian use
  • Major transport links and easy journeys to Manchester city centre, Bolton and Bury

We’ll be working in partnership with P4 Planning and TADW Architects, as well as local housing associations, Great Places and Bolton at Home.

We want the finished neighbourhood to be a collaboration with the people of Little Lever and Bolton that we can all be proud of.

The public consultation runs until 9th October 2020. If you have any thoughts you’re keen to raise, please visit or call 0161 241 8785.