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Following an extensive public consultation period, we have submitted a major planning application to deliver 274 new homes on two plots of land adjacent to Little Lever – 89% of which will be affordable homes.

Working with the team at P4 Planning, our plans cover two sites, Creams Mill and Hall Lane, situated 1.4km apart and connected by the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal, which has not been in use since it breached in 1936.

A significant part of our proposal will see the repair of the 60m breach and the restoration of a 700m stretch of the canal to bring it back into water for the first time in nearly 85 years.

The proposals include the remediation and development at the former Creams Paper Mill site, which has been vacant since 2004 and is allocated for housing.

Previously approved plans were not viable as the site requires a new access bridge to be built over the restored canal – a key part of our development.

Transforming the canal-side

This regeneration scheme is a mixed-tenure development of 274 homes, comprising one, two, three and four-bedroom houses and apartments, with spacious living areas, private gardens and designated parking areas for residents.

To bring this vision to life and deliver affordable housing across the scheme, we’re working with housing association partners, including Bolton at Home.

In fact, by bringing housing associations on board, we’re able to designate almost 90% of the development for affordable housing, with the remainder being for outright sale and private rent.

Designed by the award-winning TADW Architects, the homes will incorporate renewable energy technology, including air-source heat pumps, to lower the cost of hot water for residents – and reduce the environment impact of the overall development.

We also aim to introduce new public walkways alongside the River Irwell, improving access for the local community to nearby Moses Gate Country Park.

Our planning application, which is supported by an Environmental Impact Assessment, was submitted to Bolton Council following extensive public and stakeholder consultation over a six-month period.

All of this engagement with the local community has informed the final vision for the overall development.

Creams Mill and Hall Lane will help address the critical need for affordable homes in the Bolton area. This and the other benefits meet the “very special circumstances” that are required to justify our proposal, which sits is within designated Green Belt.

Our director, Rob Watson, said: “Our ambitious vision for the regeneration of Creams Mill and Hall Lane has always put the people of Little Lever first. We aim to transform these two sites to create high-quality, truly affordable homes for life; a thriving canal-side community for everyone to enjoy.”

Creams Mill operated as a paper factory for more than 300 years. It was demolished 2011 following its closure in 2004.

The plans for Creams Mill and Hall Lane can be viewed on our dedicated website: And don’t forget to keep an eye on all of our progress by following us on LinkedIn.