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A planning application which details the proposed £multi-million transformation of a key gateway site in Bolton town centre, has been submitted to Bolton Council.

Following two public consultation events in Bolton, P4 Planning has submitted plans on behalf of Beechlane Investments for the Trinity Gateway project which includes a 20-storey residential tower of 144 apartments, 30,000 sq ft of Grade A office space a 505-space multi-storey car park and a major area of public open space.

The Trinity Gateway project is one of five ‘intervention areas’ in Bolton Council’s £1.5 billion masterplan. The development is being brought forward by Beechlane Investments Ltd, which is working on a number of key developments in the town.

The development, which will be located on the corner of Bradshawgate and Trinity Street is intended to kickstart the regeneration of this part of the town centre and will deliver a range of employment and training opportunities which will benefit local people.

Discussions are already underway with a local construction company to build the scheme and clauses requiring they use local labour and engage with the local community and schools, will be included in the construction contract.

Alec Colbeck, development director at Beechlane Investments, said: “We would like to thank all of the people who came along to visit the recent public consultation events to share their views on our plans. We received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public and in making this application we are signalling our commitment to both the project and the town.

“These are tremendously exciting times for Bolton and we are very pleased to be playing a part in shaping its new, brighter future.”

Gillian Worden, Associate at P4 Planning said: “This is an exciting time for Bolton. Plans for Trinity Gateway, which is in a prominent, town centre location, are in line with the wider aspirations for the town and if approved will completely transform this brownfield site.  It is a huge investment into the local economy, will create new homes and act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the town.  We are looking forward to a positive outcome so that the scheme can come forward as soon as possible.”

It is hoped that Bolton Council’s planning committee will meet to consider the application before the end of the year and, should approval be granted, construction work could begin next year.

Negotiations with a management company for the residential tower, an operator of the car park, a main contractor for all three elements and occupiers for the office space are at an advanced stage and further announcements will be made in due course.

Trinity Gateway has been designed by JM Architects with P4 Planning acting as planning consultant. Miller Metcalfe is the appointed agent on the commercial office element.