Creams Mill, Little Lever, Bolton



Watson Homes

Local Planning Authority

Bolton Council

Watson Homes is a local builder that wants to deliver affordable homes on this previously developed site in the Green Belt – but it is not viable. Working as lead consultant, P4 set out a planning case and EIA for a viable proposal, including elements of undeveloped land that would deliver both desperately needed affordable homes and facilitate the repair of the historic (1936) breach to the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, putting it back into water. This ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity is supported by stakeholders including the Canals and Rivers Trust and will spur further restoration. It forms the core of the planning case for ‘very special circumstances’ required to justify development in the Green Belt.

Project Contact

Thomas O’Kane

Senior Planner

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