AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Planning approved for Rivington Chase development
THE 116 flats and affordable homes approved for the centre of the Rivington Chase development in Horwich will be built by early 2024, developers have said.
Bolton Council have gave the go-ahead to Lane End Group for an affordable housing development at Rivington Chase at its planning committee meeting on Thursday.
Councillors voted unanimously to grant approval for 116 residential units, to house up to 285 people through a combination of apartments and family houses at the 187-acre brownfield site on the former Horwich Loco Works.
The site is being developed by Lane End Group for social housing providers Irwell valley Homes and Bolton at Home.
A spokesperson for Bolton Council said: “Making sure that our residents have affordable places to live is a key priority for the council and an important consideration when we put forward the old Horwich Loco Works for redevelopment.
“We’re pleased that the plans have been approved and look forward to seeing the development.”
Richard Harrison, the managing director of developers Lane End Group, said: “This decision means it is full steam ahead for our social enterprise Lane End New Beginnings, which works with not-for-profit organisations and those in need of support.
“We know how important the former Loco Works are to the local community, so I’m pleased that we are able to provide the area with much needed affordable homes that also commemorate the site’s iconic heritage”.
The housing development is expected to be finished by February 2024. It will be built on a phased basis and in coordination with the construction of a new link road and roundabout which will connect the site to Middlebrook Retail Park, Horwich Parkway railway station, and Junction 6 of the M61.
Words: Chris Gee, Local Democracy Reporter
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