Work on 'prestige' development work is set to get underway to create a new 'gated community' on the border between Bolton and Bury.

The development, known as The Hamlet, will be built on Red Lane, Ainsworth just outside Breightmet, and convert an old historic pub into flats while also building new cottages.

Businessman Nick Howcroft says this is one of the most exciting projects he has ever worked on.

He said: “We’ve been on site and this job is going to be an absolute prestige job.

“It was the Red Bridge Tavern a few years ago and we’ve now got planning permission to turn the pub into eight new apartments and two cottages.”

The Bolton News: The development is known as The HamletThe development is known as The Hamlet (Image: RGP Architects)

He added: “The there’s the new builds on site, the whole site is called The Hamlet and there’s going to be a gated community made up of 20 properties.”

The historic Red Bridge Tavern had stood on the border between Bolton and Bury for decades but has fallen into disuse in more recent years.

Mr Howcroft hopes that his plans will revive the area into a desirable place to live.

He has now shared an artist’s impression by RGP Architects of how the finished development on Red Lane will look.

The Bolton News: Businessman Nick HowcroftBusinessman Nick Howcroft (Image: Newsquest)

But he says that to fully appreciate the new development, people will need to see the completed project for themselves.

He said: “There’s a river running right through it and its going to be absolutely stunning when its finished.”

He added: “When you see what we’ve got planned you’ll see its going to be absolutely amazing.”

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Mr Howcroft has become a well-known presence around Bolton in recent years having worked on many similar developments in the past.

He has also become well known as owner of both Henighans Bar & Grill in Little Lever and Henighans Eat & Drink in Breightmet.

But Mr Howcroft believes that the Hamlet development has the potential to create a lasting impact around the Ainsworth area.

He says it is too early as yet to say when the development will be ready for people to move in, but he hopes to be able to share further updates and details around February or March of this year.