A major new project which could “much needed housing" to the heart of Bolton town centre has received a significant boost.

The plans, which were lodged last month, will see 160 new homes built on Brownfield land between Bradshawgate and Trinity Street and on either side of Breightmet Street.

Now, Cllr Richard Silvester who represents the area on Bolton Council has announced that he is backing the scheme.

He said: “It would add family homes in Bolton town centre and help towards the much-needed housing supply.

“If built, these homes would bring more residents into the town centre, creating more footfall for local businesses and the new housing will help to transform areas of the town centre that look neglected and abandoned at the present time.

The Bolton News: An artist's impression of some of the completed housesAn artist's impression of some of the completed houses (Image: Capital&Centric)

“This investment will help to kick start the regeneration of that part of Bradshawgate and Breightmet Street, which in turn will hopefully create more investment interest into that part of Bolton town centre.”

The plans were submitted by developer Capital&Centric in May having trailed a first look earlier this year, with proposals having dated back to at least 2019 when a 20 storey city centre style apartment block was proposed.

The Bolton News: Work could be set to get underway soonWork could be set to get underway soon (Image: Capital&Centric)

The same company has been behind recent developments elsewhere in the borough, most notably in the ongoing redevelopment of Farnworth precinct.

In the town centre’s case, the Neighbourhood Bolton scheme will also feature community gardens and a racetrack along with parking and transport links.

ALSO READ: Key Bolton town centre gateway plans progress as application submitted

ALSO READ: Developer's 'unashamedly bold' plan for new town centre housing scheme

ALSO READ: Cutbacks to multi-million masterplan for town centre as costs rise

Cllr Silvester, of the Queens Park and Central ward, said: “The schemes provide parking areas for residents however, as each of the scheme sites are close to the transport hubs of Bolton train station and the bus station, if any residents do need to travel sustainably to work or for other reasons, then they are within easy walking distance and reach of good transport links.

“The schemes do provide green space areas and I believe it is very important that appropriate trees and wildflowers are planted within the scheme sites, which again will transform what look like desolate areas in our town centre at present into green lungs that residents can enjoy.”

The plans will still be open for neighbourhood consultations until Tuesday July 4 this year.

Bolton Council will then decide whether or not to give the scheme the green light at a later date.