A plan has been lodged to build more student accommodation in the “merchants’ quarter” area of Bolton town centre.

If approved, the scheme will see a second floor built at Trinity House on Breightmet Street made up of a total of eight student flats with communal areas.

The developers say that given the site’s closeness to Bradshawgate they will take note of measures that may be needed to deal possible crimes.

A statement from Edgeplan said: “It is evident from the information sourced from Police.UK that crime in the immediate area is high but the catchment area covers Bradshawgate, which is the main night time economy area with bars and nightclubs.

“The site is located a suitable distance from this area, but crime measures will still need to be incorporated through the design stage as necessary.”

The Bolton News: The plans will be considered by Bolton CouncilThe plans will be considered by Bolton Council (Image: Edgeplan)

The “Merchants’ Quarter” area comes under the much-trailed Bolton town centre “masterplan” and is close to another separate application that aims to create 160 new flats along with various changes to the landscape.

Edgeplan says that if this goes ahead it will significantly change the character of the area.

A statement said: “This application is currently pending consideration by Bolton Council but once approved, will significantly change the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

“Areas near to the application site for the proposed extension to Trinity House will be much more residential in character and appearance.”

As well as building the second floor, a bin store and cycle store will also be created on the ground floor while the first floor will continue to be used as a training centre for a security company.

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The Edgeplan statement said: “The existing ground and first floor use, as a security training company, is not a noise generating use that would detrimentally impact upon the amenity enjoyed by future occupiers of the proposed student rooms.

“However, should the council have any concerns, then the applicant would accept condition requiring a suitable noise mitigation scheme to the first-floor floor/ceiling to be prepared and submitted for the written agreement of the local planning authority.”

The plans were put before Bolton Council on November 6 and will be open for neighbourhood consultations until Tuesday November 28.

Bolton Council will then decide whether or not to approve the scheme by Monday January 1 next year.