Work could start again at Horwich development - but without affordable housing

The derelict site at the former Swallowfield Hotel in Chorley New Road, Horwich

The derelict site at the former Swallowfield Hotel in Chorley New Road, Horwich

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

WORK on a mothballed site in Horwich could start again — but only if developers are allowed to abandon a planning condition for affordable homes as part of the scheme.

The site of the old Swallowfield Hotel in Chorley New Road has been left derelict since 2008 after developers had to halt their plans to build 42 flats because of the recession.

Developer Redrow says it is now ready to start work again, but only if Bolton Council agrees to change a five-year-old agreement which said four of the flats would have to be given to a housing association.

If the condition is not changed, company chiefs say there will be “no commercial incentive” to complete the development.

A report by council planning officers says that if the proposed affordable flats are put on the open market, it would generate an extra £160,000 in sales revenue.

The report adds: “The applicant is now looking to finish constructing the property. They have, however, commented that, although the housing market is showing signs of improvement, apartments have a materially different viability level to houses and sales values remain depressed.

“The applicant has stated that this means that the development at the former Swallowfield’s site will continue to be stalled unless significant cost savings can be achieved.”

The modern apartment block would stretch across two buildings, each with three storeys.

There will also be a car park with 52 spaces.

A Section 106 Agreement also calls for Redrow to give £12,615 to provide new primary school places in Horwich, £5,000 towards public art works on the site and £5,000 for off-site roadworks in Ainsworth Avenue, which they will still pay.

Officers are recommending that councillors approve the change in condition. They will vote on the application at the next planning committee meeting on Thursday.

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9:51am Tue 7 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

Now this is the time to see how strong Bolton Council actually is. Will Nick Peel's Environment Department (which seems to control EVERYTHING that happens in Bolton) hold out and insist that affordable homes are built as well as "normal" priced housing or will Nick Peel relent and say forget about the affordable housing?

This will show whether the Council is either pro-Bolton people or not!


I guess my bet will lay on the side of Nick Peel and cronies say forget about the affordable housing because these councillors are not bothered about the town or the people!
Now this is the time to see how strong Bolton Council actually is. Will Nick Peel's Environment Department (which seems to control EVERYTHING that happens in Bolton) hold out and insist that affordable homes are built as well as "normal" priced housing or will Nick Peel relent and say forget about the affordable housing? This will show whether the Council is either pro-Bolton people or not! I guess my bet will lay on the side of Nick Peel and cronies say forget about the affordable housing because these councillors are not bothered about the town or the people! BWFC71
  • Score: 9

10:56am Tue 7 Jan 14

pstuart says...

I was always on the side of a certain percentage of new build being for social use.
But when the onus became one of those greatest in need and not who would most suitable in that new environment ie. the old interview job, then I can understand the reluctance of developers to allow 'undesirables' living next to people who have scrimped and saved for their new house only to find a gang of yahoo's next door.

We have two new groups from the south east living close to us ( driven out by the new cap on rent?), why they were given the property's over and above local people I can't comprehend and one of these groups have had to be repeatedly 'reminded' how to act in a more socially aware manner.
I was always on the side of a certain percentage of new build being for social use. But when the onus became one of those greatest in need and not who would most suitable in that new environment ie. the old interview job, then I can understand the reluctance of developers to allow 'undesirables' living next to people who have scrimped and saved for their new house only to find a gang of yahoo's next door. We have two new groups from the south east living close to us ( driven out by the new cap on rent?), why they were given the property's over and above local people I can't comprehend and one of these groups have had to be repeatedly 'reminded' how to act in a more socially aware manner. pstuart
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12:17pm Tue 7 Jan 14

bwfc0210 says...

Heart says don't let the developer amend conditions but head says the site is a **** disgrace and attracts undesirables so get something built. I live close by and it's crying out for completion (although further traffic in Horwich is just what we need )!
Heart says don't let the developer amend conditions but head says the site is a **** disgrace and attracts undesirables so get something built. I live close by and it's crying out for completion (although further traffic in Horwich is just what we need [sarcasm])! bwfc0210
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6:22pm Tue 7 Jan 14

boydell says...

bwfc0210 wrote:
Heart says don't let the developer amend conditions but head says the site is a **** disgrace and attracts undesirables so get something built. I live close by and it's crying out for completion (although further traffic in Horwich is just what we need )!
You think this site is a disgrace............
Take a long look at the former Greenwood Pub just up the road. I do believe the owners are waiting for this slum to fall down, then it will save them the cost of having it pulled down !!!
[quote][p][bold]bwfc0210[/bold] wrote: Heart says don't let the developer amend conditions but head says the site is a **** disgrace and attracts undesirables so get something built. I live close by and it's crying out for completion (although further traffic in Horwich is just what we need [sarcasm])![/p][/quote]You think this site is a disgrace............ Take a long look at the former Greenwood Pub just up the road. I do believe the owners are waiting for this slum to fall down, then it will save them the cost of having it pulled down !!! boydell
  • Score: 13

8:37pm Tue 7 Jan 14

bwfc0210 says...

boydell wrote:
bwfc0210 wrote:
Heart says don't let the developer amend conditions but head says the site is a **** disgrace and attracts undesirables so get something built. I live close by and it's crying out for completion (although further traffic in Horwich is just what we need )!
You think this site is a disgrace............

Take a long look at the former Greenwood Pub just up the road. I do believe the owners are waiting for this slum to fall down, then it will save them the cost of having it pulled down !!!
Correct but this article wasn't about the greenwood.
[quote][p][bold]boydell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bwfc0210[/bold] wrote: Heart says don't let the developer amend conditions but head says the site is a **** disgrace and attracts undesirables so get something built. I live close by and it's crying out for completion (although further traffic in Horwich is just what we need [sarcasm])![/p][/quote]You think this site is a disgrace............ Take a long look at the former Greenwood Pub just up the road. I do believe the owners are waiting for this slum to fall down, then it will save them the cost of having it pulled down !!![/p][/quote]Correct but this article wasn't about the greenwood. bwfc0210
  • Score: 2

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