A FORMER chemical works site that has been vacant for more than a decade could finally be brought back into use.

The former Victory Works in Farnworth has been empty since a floor coverings factory closed in 2004.

It was previously a chemical works in the late 1800s, allotments in the early 1900s and a textiles factory which manufactured hospital uniforms.

However, a developer is now proposing to build 18 new apartments on the land, which had once been earmarked for 28 flats.

A statement sent to Bolton Council by C & E Property Development said: "The application site consists of a vacant brownfield plot which lends itself to make a more effective and efficient use of the land if used for residential accommodation.

"The proposed development is reduced in number by 10 units from the previously approved application.

"The siting of the proposed development has taken into account the positioning of adjacent dwellings and ensures that the proposal would not result in any loss of amenity to occupants of adjoining properties.

"The proposal provides for a form of development that is in keeping with the character and appearance of the surrounding area in terms of its size, scale, layout, height and design. A good level of amenity space is provided for residents."

Due to the former use of the site, the land will require remediation in order to allow development for the three-storey apartment block.

The applicant adds that the proposal will fit in with council plans to regenerate former textile mills and other older industrial buildings in Farnworth with ' a mixture of new build and refurbishment for primarily employment uses, with supporting residential and mixed uses' and 'develop new housing throughout the area on a combination of brownfield sites on a limited number of greenfield sites in existing housing areas'.