A major plan for a new “retirement village”, the first of its kind in Bolton, has taken another step forward.

The Lever Gardens complex, currently scheduled to open this autumn, will be made up of more than 60 flats built specifically with people over 55 in mind.

The developers behind the scheme have now lodged further details about lighting and about the control of noise and smells.

A statements from architects Pozzoni said: “The site was previously home to a 24 unit sheltered housing scheme which was declared not fit for purpose.

“This gave an opportunity to explore the potential to develop an extra care scheme which would meet the priorities of Bolton Council, whilst including a number of bungalows in the peripheries of the site.”

The Bolton News: The complex will be Bolton's first 'retirement village'The complex will be Bolton's first 'retirement village' (Image: Pozzoni Architecture)

The complex can be found on Dearden Street, Little Lever, with the proposal first having been made nearly three years ago.

The plans were prepared on behalf of Bolton at Home, the borough’s biggest housing provider, which hopes that it can form part of Bolton’s wider plans to meet its need for homes and to support older people.

The Bolton News: The plans include more than 60 new flatsThe plans include more than 60 new flats (Image: Pozzoni Architecture)

The finished site will include 62 flats which will each fitted with a kitchen, fitted bathroom a living area and one or two bedrooms.

Some of the flats will also be built with a balcony or terrace while the care and support measures for older people will include 24-hour emergency response and a range of facilities on site. 

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Each home is also fitted with an emergency alarm system, while there will also be a buzz in system so that residents can see people who are there before they let them in.

There will also be an on-site residents’ lounge, bistro-cafe, scooter room and landscaped gardens and for residents to get involved in social activities like coffee mornings and bingo.

The proposals to meet the conditions set out for lighting and control of odour were put before Bolton Council on Friday May 26 and the authority will aim to decide whether or not to approve them by Friday July 31.

This comes ahead of a proposed opening date currently set for October 2023.