PLANS for 117 “high quality” and “energy efficient” family homes on a farm neighbouring an animal food factory have been revealed.

Housebuilder Northstone, a subsidiary of developer Peel L&P, is inviting the public to provide feedback on its plans for Garnet Fold Farm in Bolton.

The land, located off St Helens Road and next to the Burns Animal Foods factory, has been earmarked for residential development by Bolton Council.

The proposal, which is yet to be submitted to the council, will include a mix of housing types and sizes to suit the needs of first time buyers, families and those looking to downsize to a smaller property, the developer has said.

Northstone’s development manager Bernadette Barry said: “As a new housebuilder we want to be known for creating innovative, exceptional new homes and communities that focus on the needs of residents.

“Our proposals for Garnet Fold will deliver this vision whilst also ensuring that the scheme is sensitively designed to complement the surrounding residential areas and countryside.

“Prior to submitting the planning application to the council, we’re asking for feedback from local residents which will help to shape our final plans.

“All feedback received will be considered and will help to develop our final proposals before a planning application is submitted.”

Northstone, the company behind plans for 150 homes at Roscoe’s Farm in Westhoughton, promise the design will be “thoughtful” and “modern”, with increased insulation and smart energy-saving technology which saves money on their fuel bills as well as “industry-leading” home broadband connectivity.

The site will feature “pedestrian-led streets”, improved footpaths and cycle links for the existing community and new trees, plants and hedgerows will encourage birds, bees and insects to enhance the environment.

Paris Hayes, who lives in Westhoughton and has been selected as the Green Party candidate for Hulton ward where the site is located, urged all residents to take part in the public consultation.

He said: “Our local infrastructure cannot deal with more houses. If these new homes are to go ahead, the community needs assurances that these homes will not be snatched up by out of town investors and will be affordable for local.”

Members of the public can view and comment on the plans by visiting the public consultation website for the scheme:

A public consultation, which started on Tuesday, will run until August 25.

Residents can provide feedback via the website, by calling the community information line, open on Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.30pm, on 0333 358 0502 or by emailing