Extra homes are set to be included in an ambitious ongoing “masterplan” to remodel the town centre.

The Moor Lane scheme had originally been set to include 208 new homes in a mixture of flats and town houses on the site of a former bus station.

But now, Bolton Council has approved a proposal to extend this to a total of 218 homes, as well as making changes to the design and layout of two of the blocks.

A council report said: “Whilst the increase in unit numbers from 208 overall to 218 overall is the most substantial of the changes, in the context of a development of the scale it represents only a four per cent increase in unit number.

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“This is not considered to have any noticeable impact on living conditions or on vehicle movements or parking demand and is therefore considered to be non-material.”

It added: “The proposals would not affect the character and appearance of the overall development or have a harmful effect on the amenity of neighbouring uses.”

Once completed, the 10 additional homes will be available to rent on the open market.

As well as a further ten homes, the changes to the plans also propose moving the ground floor entry to block one slightly to the right, replacing balconies with Juliet balconies on the southern elevation of that same block and changes to the communications and electricity room.

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There will also be changes to the external door and window arrangements across the two blocks.

The Moor Lane scheme is one of the most ambitious to have been undertaken in Bolton town centre over recent years and focuses on three sites, the largest being the vacant bus station just off Moor Lane with two more sites to the east of Black Horse Street.

The scheme will also include new cycle paths and pedestrian routes aimed at making the area more accessible.

The plans for the extra flats and changes to the blocks were put before Bolton Council earlier this year on Tuesday March 28, with the council announcing they had approved the plans on Tuesday June 13.