New flats could be set to be created in a “prime location” above a Cash Converters in Bolton town centre.

The plans, put before Bolton Council just last week, will see six flats created above a branch of the retailer on Deansgate.

This has already won the support of some of the area’s representatives, who believe it could dovetail with other more expansive plans for housing in the town centre.

Cllr Richard Silvester, who represents the Queens Park and Central area, said: “This building is in the heart of Bolton town centre on Deansgate in a prime area opposite to our Civic Centre and adjacent to Central Street which is currently being developed into a residential housing area.

“Converting the upper floors of town centre buildings into apartments such as in this scheme should be encouraged as it provides accommodation on brown field sites.

The Bolton News: The plans were put before Bolton Council last weekThe plans were put before Bolton Council last week (Image: Bolton Council)

“This scheme provides a mix of one and two bedroomed apartments and one three bedroomed apartments.”

As well as the new housing off Central Street there are also various other major projects underway in the town centre including the ongoing Moor Lane development and the Neighbourhood Bolton scheme which aims to build homes across five sites.

The Bolton News: Deansgate, Bolton town centreDeansgate, Bolton town centre (Image: Google Maps)

But Cllr Silvester has raised concerns about bin storage on the Deansgate site, which he hopes will be addressed.

He said: “The only concern which I have, and I would ask the Planning Department to enquire with the applicant regarding the following issue, is where all of the domestic bins per apartment including recycling bins will be stored?

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“Is there enough storage space within the curtilage of the site for all of the bins to be stored so that they are not being stored on the public highway?”

He added: “It is important that domestic bins are not stored outside of the curtilage of the site on the public highway as the public highway is quite narrow around this building and any bins stored on the public highway would be a potential obstruction and could attract fly tipping around any bins stored on the public highway.”

The plans were put before Bolton Council on Friday July 21 and will be open for neighbourhood consultations until Monday August 14.

Bolton Council aims to make a decision on the plans by Friday September 15 this year.