Town centre wasteland could become student flats

The land in Great Moor Street that could be used for the new student accommodation

The land in Great Moor Street that could be used for the new student accommodation

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

A PATCH of town centre wasteland could be transformed into a 140-bed student accommodation block.

Developers have earmarked 4-14 Great Moor Street — a derelict site near The Balmoral pub — as a prime location for six floors of student flats.

There would be 41 apartments which would be studios, three-bed rooms, four-bed rooms or five-bed rooms, while the ground floor is set to be used as retail space.

The plans have been submitted to Bolton Council by Realgroup UK, with consultant town planners JWPC Ltd leading the application.

Developers say that many surrounding buildings are derelict, and describe the area as a “very rundown part of the town centre”.

They added: “With new development in the area, this will positively contribute towards the attraction of the location, bringing with it people, and reason for more development. With a mixed use scheme, the retail and leisure units proposed on the ground floor will animate the streets and create use within the area.”

The Bolton News reported in February how the University of Bolton was in talks with the council over potential sites for two new student villages in the town centre.

Cllr Nick Peel, executive member, said: “The council is trying to achieve a mixed feel in the town centre.

“There is a growing student population in Bolton because of the university, but I think for people living within Bolton town centre it is going to be a good thing for the local economy.

“If you are in a town centre, the shops are all there on your doorstep. It’s great for these businesses.

“The people behind this application have made a financial commitment to something they think will generate interest.”

The £9 million Cube building in Bradshawgate, which will have 216 rooms and is marketed as delivering luxury student living, is due to welcome its first tenants next month.

The Great Moor Street application is also for private student accommodation and will be finished in traditional red brick, with Realgroup UK arguing that its contemporary design means it will complement rather than compete with buildings around it.

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8:32am Tue 19 Aug 14

The Squire In Residence says...

What retail unit n their right minds would want to be underneath student accomodation? Imagine, most mornings, opening up after having to wash off all the vomit and other detritous from your doorstep! Yuk!
What retail unit n their right minds would want to be underneath student accomodation? Imagine, most mornings, opening up after having to wash off all the vomit and other detritous from your doorstep! Yuk! The Squire In Residence
  • Score: -7

9:55am Tue 19 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

Is Bolton safe for a load of naive soppy students ?
Is Bolton safe for a load of naive soppy students ? Wolfie190
  • Score: 0

10:13am Tue 19 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

Family friendly Bolton Town Center in action yet again. Who at Bolton Council dreams up these ideas like family friendly Bolton. Could you tell them im still waiting for the Poetry nights in the pubs they promised. Ffs you couldnt make it up!
Family friendly Bolton Town Center in action yet again. Who at Bolton Council dreams up these ideas like family friendly Bolton. Could you tell them im still waiting for the Poetry nights in the pubs they promised. Ffs you couldnt make it up! thomas222
  • Score: 6

11:43am Tue 19 Aug 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Oh FFS *facepalm*

The last two block built are horrendous designs and doing NOTHING for the economy of the town. And what about that sh!thole on the corner that was Buffet King etc?
Oh FFS *facepalm* The last two block built are horrendous designs and doing NOTHING for the economy of the town. And what about that sh!thole on the corner that was Buffet King etc? Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 8

12:06pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Hectoriva says...

Get some white lines on floor, a few more stiffs in yellow jackets and bobs your uncle, family friendly Bolton 😂😂😂
Get some white lines on floor, a few more stiffs in yellow jackets and bobs your uncle, family friendly Bolton 😂😂😂 Hectoriva
  • Score: -14

12:30pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Do first time buyers and the rest of the general populous not wish to purchase in the TC? Sign of the times?

Why students? Again?

Thumbs up if I start a kickstarter or crowdfunding for an Ice Rink and team \o/
Do first time buyers and the rest of the general populous not wish to purchase in the TC? Sign of the times? Why students? Again? Thumbs up if I start a kickstarter or crowdfunding for an Ice Rink and team \o/ Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -7

12:31pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Andyroost says...

How many students at Bolton campusess are English and not brought in from other countries for visa purposes, and have no interest in training to take skills back home, it's just being used as a foreign pole vault into England, might be going off the tale a bit but I'd like to see a ruling wherby if someone gains admission through marriage, if that fails then the passport is revoked, close all the loop holes to our country, then force the scroungers into work that we are left sith
How many students at Bolton campusess are English and not brought in from other countries for visa purposes, and have no interest in training to take skills back home, it's just being used as a foreign pole vault into England, might be going off the tale a bit but I'd like to see a ruling wherby if someone gains admission through marriage, if that fails then the passport is revoked, close all the loop holes to our country, then force the scroungers into work that we are left sith Andyroost
  • Score: -12

1:05pm Tue 19 Aug 14

IvanCamposHair says...

All the moaners out in force yet again.

A student presence in the town centre could if done properly bring a much needed boost to Bolton's night life.

All towns and cities with a strong student presence have a much more vibrant atmosphere and better pubs, bars, clubs etc.
All the moaners out in force yet again. A student presence in the town centre could if done properly bring a much needed boost to Bolton's night life. All towns and cities with a strong student presence have a much more vibrant atmosphere and better pubs, bars, clubs etc. IvanCamposHair
  • Score: 7

1:30pm Tue 19 Aug 14

cliff4treasurer says...

So the council are not giving the land, the council are not developing the site, the council are not the university who attract the students so other than giving planning permission (which they would have to do) Go on Nick Peel enlighten us as to what the councils part in this town centre development is because I can't see any.
So the council are not giving the land, the council are not developing the site, the council are not the university who attract the students so other than giving planning permission (which they would have to do) Go on Nick Peel enlighten us as to what the councils part in this town centre development is because I can't see any. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Tue 19 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

IvanCamposHair wrote:
All the moaners out in force yet again.

A student presence in the town centre could if done properly bring a much needed boost to Bolton's night life.

All towns and cities with a strong student presence have a much more vibrant atmosphere and better pubs, bars, clubs etc.
Perhaps thats why Bolton University is number 121 out of 123 in the UK University League tables Ivan.
[quote][p][bold]IvanCamposHair[/bold] wrote: All the moaners out in force yet again. A student presence in the town centre could if done properly bring a much needed boost to Bolton's night life. All towns and cities with a strong student presence have a much more vibrant atmosphere and better pubs, bars, clubs etc.[/p][/quote]Perhaps thats why Bolton University is number 121 out of 123 in the UK University League tables Ivan. thomas222
  • Score: -26

8:17pm Tue 19 Aug 14

keggard says...

Just more rooms for over seas students that never go home have a drive past the college and have a look you.ll see what I mean
Just more rooms for over seas students that never go home have a drive past the college and have a look you.ll see what I mean keggard
  • Score: -2

12:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

Why doesn't Bolton council invest in bring shops and businesses back in the area instead of selling all the waste land to developer's all it is at end of the day is the council makes a lot of money out of it which doesn't go back in to the area.What's next for Bolton council have they found a buyer for the land on Manchester road where the old collage used to be ? Lets wait and see.
Why doesn't Bolton council invest in bring shops and businesses back in the area instead of selling all the waste land to developer's all it is at end of the day is the council makes a lot of money out of it which doesn't go back in to the area.What's next for Bolton council have they found a buyer for the land on Manchester road where the old collage used to be ? Lets wait and see. johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 5

1:00pm Wed 20 Aug 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

keggard wrote:
Just more rooms for over seas students that never go home have a drive past the college and have a look you.ll see what I mean
You are so right! spot on
[quote][p][bold]keggard[/bold] wrote: Just more rooms for over seas students that never go home have a drive past the college and have a look you.ll see what I mean[/p][/quote]You are so right! spot on johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 1

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