A large Victorian two storey property in the Queens Park conservation area is set to be brought back into use after plans to redevelop it was given the green light.

Members of Bolton Council's planning committee approved the plans for the building which dates from 1860s and the council sold 15 years ago.

Now it is set to be brought back into use - this time as a home.

The application proposes erection of a three-story side extension, single storey extensions to side, front and rear, new gates, changes to windows, balcony above bay feature and landscaping at Park House on Laurel Street.

The property is a landmark building within the conservation area having a distinctive Italianate style, albeit some features such as original sash windows have been lost. The three-storey tower is the most prominent feature which stands higher than the rest of the building.

Ward councillor Akhtar Zaman spoke in favour of the development.

He said: “It’s a beautiful old building in a large plot in a beautiful spot in my ward.

“I see this building every day on my daily walk in Queens Park.

“It used to be owned by ourselves, by our social services, around 15 years ago it was sold to a private individual.

“It does require substantial work given it’s a very old building.

“Over the last 15 years I have seen this building deteriorate to the point where I think it requires at least £2-300,000 of work on it.

“The neighbours have also approached me because they have been complaining about this building for many many years.

“They are in favour of this development, they want something happening on this large plot, which creates potential for a lot of antisocial behaviour in that corner.

“I really welcome this proposal, it will bring this big building into use, he plans to have this as his residential property, I think it removes a big problem from our ward.”

A report from planning officers said: “Members are recommended to refuse the proposal on the basis that the development by virtue of its size, siting and design would detract from the character and appearance of the Queens Park conservation area and the building.”

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Councillor David Grant: “I think the words we need to consider are conserve and enhance.

“I think it is beyond conserve and therefore we must enhance it.

“I believe that this owner wishes to really enhance it.

“I think we should get a move on before it falls down.”

The plans were approved.