A kitchen firm’s plan to move to a new premises in Bolton town centre have been given the go-ahead.

Dale Jones Kitchens had applied to Bolton Council to use the premises on Salop Street for industrial use, in a move which supporters said would help “maintain local jobs.”

A report by Bolton Council found that the scheme is lawful and can therefore proceed as planned.

It said: “The premises has four major elements a three storey brick building on the western half of the site with the appearance of a traditional mill building, a later two storey extension to the east, finished in cladding, a ‘gatehouse’ at the Carlton Street entrance and a single storey element on the northern boundary that links the gatehouse with the ‘mill’ element.”

It added: “As there is more evidence in favour of the proposition than against it and the test is ‘balance of probabilities’ is considered that the lawfulness of industrial use is more likely than unlikely.”

The Bolton News: The plans have been approved by Bolton CouncilThe plans have been approved by Bolton Council (Image: Building Design Services)

The report also said that Bolton Council officers were aware of the history of industrial activity around that area of the town centre, which had once been home to cotton spinning, sawmills and foundries.

The site on Salop Street is already used for industrial purposes and the plan to move Dale Jones Kitchens into the premises had been supported by Cllr Richard Silvester, of the Queens Park and Central ward.

He said when the application was first lodged that this would see the company move from a nearby location at Orlando Street works.

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Speaking in August, Cllr Silvester said that he believed the plan could help keep jobs in the town and make improvements to the building.

Cllr Silvester said: “The business would employ 12 people who already work for the company so this planning application to move sites would retain employment within the Bolton borough.

“The hours of business are from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturdays, so there should be no disturbance to any nearby residential properties regarding this planning application.”

He added: “The applicant also wishes to make improvements to the present building and site.”