- Outline plans for the 269-home development have been approved

Yorkshire-based Empire Property has this week received outline planning permission for the gateway £44m Bradshawgate development comprising 269 new homes and commercial retail space. Bolton Council delivered a unanimous decision for approval to bring the development forward.

This is the third major development for Empire in Bolton following the development of Sun Alliance House on Bradshawgate and Globe Works (due to complete Q3 2022).

Empire partnered with planning consultant Lydia Sadler from DLP Consultants and Michael Sunderland and Mat Best from DMS Architects to deliver the scheme. It will comprise a residential tower of 16 storeys at the junction of Bradshawgate and Bridgeman Place with two adjoining blocks of six and eight storeys each.

Of the 16 townhouses, five will have one bedroom while 11 will be two-bedroom homes. The 253 apartments break down to 109 one-bedroom units, 120 two-bedroom units, and 24 three-bedroom homes. The scheme also includes 55 car parking spaces across two car parks and, for residents, 300 spaces of secure cycle parking.

Commercial and retail space is also planned at ground floor level for the Bradshawgate and Bridgeman Place frontages of the development. Groundworks are expected to start in June 2023.

Speaking about his company’s developments in Bolton, Managing Director, Paul Rothwell, of Empire said, This is a great scheme for the city and our third development in Bolton supporting the Council with much needed housing stock. The support and assistance of Bolton Council has been especially welcomed as a number of schemes that have been approved have not been developed out by the developers.

This is a substantial gateway site and through our ongoing investment we have kick-started the regeneration of this part of Bolton. Now that we have the opportunity to develop the site, we will start work on the reserved matters application with a view to getting it approved this year. We look forward to extending the reach of the town centre and creating a new community.”

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