One of the most ambitious shopping developments in Bolton town centre has taken another step forward.

This comes after plans for new Primark signage were approved at the Market Place shopping centre, ahead of the clothes retailers planned move from Crompton Place.

The Market Place building was once used at the town’s market hall and is one of the most historic major buildings in the borough.

A Bolton Council report said: “The southern building, which is the original 19th century market hall.

“It is Grade II listed and is of considerable heritage value.

The signage plans have now been approvedThe signage plans have now been approved (Image: Wren Design Consultants)

“It was converted to a shopping centre in the last decade and underwent more recent alterations in the mid-2000s to provide a more modern shopping facility.

“In essence, the design of the shopping centre inserts a two-storey shopping mall into the Victorian volume whilst leaving the original structure and envelope untouched.

“The basement vaults have been converted to a range of food & beverage uses over the last two years.”

The former Debenhams space where the new Primark will goThe former Debenhams space where the new Primark will go (Image: Newsquest)

It added: “The north building is a purpose-built shopping centre built in the 1980s.

“It is a two/three storey mall with a three-storey car park above.

“This building, whilst distinctive, is considered to have no heritage value.”

The move forms part of wide-ranging plans to remake the town centre in the months ahead when Primark relocated from Crompton Place to the Market Place.

Primark will move into the space left empty by the closure of Debenhams in May 2021. 

This will clear the way for the redevelopment works at the old Crompton Place site aimed at creating music venues, leisure facilities and even roof top football pitches.

The latest step in the Primark Market Place plans will see three new fascia signs advertising the clothes retailer built on the outside of the third floor of the shopping centre.

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The plans were put before Bolton Council on May 1 this year.

The council report said that the signage plans should be acceptable given they are “entirely typical of such uses” and will be needed to advertise the site.

It also said that the proposed signage was “typical of the shopping centre and is considered acceptable in terms of size and design.”

Bolton Council announced that they had approved the plans for the signage on Tuesday July 2.