Plans have been put forward to build new multi-storey homes over what has previously been ‘blighted’ land.

If approved, the proposal will see five three storey buildings built just off Manchester Road in Kearsley along with car parking spaces, bin stores and bicycle storage space.

There will also be work undertaken around the boundaries to make sure that the site can support the new housing.

Cllr Paul Heslop, of One Kearsley, said: “People have said that the land there is blighted and there are already flats there and they’re already overlooking some of the bungalows.

“It’s not something we’d be out leafleting the residents about, this isn’t like a motorway going right through Kearsley or a massive 5G tower where in that case we would be out there leafleting.”

The Bolton News: The plans are for five new three-storey buildingsThe plans are for five new three-storey buildings (Image: STUDIO TASHKEEL ARCHITECTURE LTD)

“It’s not a huge development so its something that wouldn’t be a huge focus for us.”

Greater Manchester Police have also responded to the plans, saying that they recommend the parking areas and routes in are well lit and that dawn till dusk lighting is installed on all external doors.

Kearsley has proven to be a popular location for new housing in recent years with various plans having been put to Bolton Council to build new houses and block of flats.


This includes a proposal for eight new homes in the area, which was lodged just last December and attracted concerns about whether schools and roads in Kearsley could cope with a growing population without further investment.

Plans are also afoot to build up to 39 new homes off Springfiled Road in Kearsley, on the site of a former railway cutting.

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A similar proposal was also lodged and then approved last July for 14 new houses to be built on brownfield land at the junction of Old Hall Street, Bolton Road, Higher Market Street and Longcauseway

In the case of the new five storey buildings on Manchester Road, the plans are open for consultations in the area until Friday September 16.

 Bolton Council’s planning committee will then make a final decision as to weather to allow the proposal to carry on.