Houses are set to be built on various plots of land around the Bradshawgate area of Bolton with a developer pledging to "re-write the rules" on town centre living.

Manchester based developers Capital & Centric said they planned to create "Neighbourhood Bolton", and were bringing forward plans for the first few areas on 6.2 acres of brownfield sites in and around Bradshawgate.

The developers said that split across several plots, Neighbourhood Bolton would regenerate the area around the town’s train and bus stations.

It’s the firm’s second collaboration with the council, with work on the the 97 apartment-led Farnworth Green already underway.

Capital & Centric said that Neighbourhood Bolton would be a "blueprint for a new breed of town centre communities, with design-led townhouses boasting distinctive architecture, set around green streets". 

They said their goal was for Neighbourhood Bolton to be "a catalyst that kick-starts wider regeneration of the whole area, including surrounding sites".

Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Bolton deserves sustained investment.

"The latest levelling up news was obviously disappointing, but we believe in Bolton’s future, just a week or so later, we’re here announcing our second local project to both unlock investment and bring about positive change.

“Loads of new build homes are a pastiche of the past and designed to maintain the status quo. But there’s got to be an alternative.

“We want to re-write the rules on suburban living and deliver homes with a design-led edge on brownfield sites that many write off as being too difficult.

"Neighbourhood Bolton will be our first such community of its kind, one that hopefully provides an antidote to what’s on today’s market.

“It’ll show how we can take key, underused sites in really well-connected towns like Bolton and write a new chapter for town centre living.”

With initial design work happening now, planning applications for the first Neighbourhood Bolton sites are set to be lodged later this year.

Bolton Council leader, Cllr Martyn Cox, said: “This investment is a huge vote of confidence in Bolton town centre, and in the council’s regeneration plans.

"As shopping habits change, we are working to bring in a mixture of residential, leisure and hospitality alongside the retail offer.

“Not only will Neighbourhood Bolton deliver much-needed homes on brownfield sites, but it will play a vital role in making our town centre a more vibrant place to live, work and visit. It will also complement the existing regeneration projects in the town centre and beyond.”