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We kickstarted February with some cracking news! Our two housing sites in Bolton, Creams Mill and Hall Lane, have been approved after initial plans were submitted in November 2020. The appeal for these new homes, adjacent to Little Lever, began in June 2022 and has finally now been resolved.

Once a notable landmark of the Bolton skyline, Creams Mill was set between the former Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal and the northern bank of the River Irwell. Now demolished, Creams Mill closed in 2004 and the site has been derelict ever since. The site is situated close to Hall Lane, where there once stood an aqueduct that was demolished in the 1950s.

Our Creams Mill and Hall Lane sites will deliver quality, affordable housing schemes that can be enjoyed for generations to come. A major part of our plans includes bringing a disused part of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal back to life. This development will repair the 700m stretch of the canal and bring back water into the canal for the first time in 86 years. Bringing the canal back to use, will help re-establish Little Lever’s history and identity, which was shaped by the opening of the canal in 1797. So that residents can embrace this revitalised environment, new public walkways alongside the canal will be created. This will help shape a new, thriving residential community, with green spaces reclaimed for the people of Little Lever.

The regeneration scheme will see a mixed-tenure development of 255 homes, comprising one, two, three and four-bedroom houses and apartments, with spacious living areas, private gardens and designated parking areas for residents. 154 units will be affordable, with the remainder as open-market homes.

These brand-new homes will incorporate renewable energy technology, including air-source heat pumps and solar panels, to lower the cost of hot water and energy for residents and reduce the environmental impact of the overall development.

CGIs of the proposed development alongside the Bolton & Bury canal

The installation of a new road bridge at Creams Mill in the plan will make this development easily accessible. Additionally, the two sites already have major transport links and easy journeys to Manchester city centre, Bolton and Bury. These routes make Creams Mill and Hall Lane ideal locations to settle.

Amongst others, we’ve worked with P4 Planning, TADW Architects, Elluc Projects and Enzygo to make this project a reality. As we start to deliver the development, we’ll also be working with some great housing associations to deliver the affordable homes.

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

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