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Plans approved for 69 new affordable homes in Breightmet, off Withins Drive

Plans approved for 69 new affordable homes in Breightmet, off Withins Drive

Families in Breightmet, Bolton, are set to benefit from new affordable homes that have been given the go ahead.

We have been granted planning permission to build 69 new affordable homes on land off Withins Drive.

The development will offer a mix of two and three-bedroom houses and one and two-bedroom apartments, all for rent at affordable levels.

The homes will be built for us by developer Watson Homes. Work is expected to start on site in December and be completed in spring 2021.

Dominic Conway, our director of development and growth, said: “This development will revitalise this formerly developed now vacant site with well-built, energy-efficient affordable homes. With over 100 expressions of interest each time one of our properties becomes available in Breightmet, homes like these are central to our aim of providing more affordable housing in Bolton.

“Affordable rented homes play a vital role in stopping people being priced out of the housing market, potentially being forced into temporary accommodation or even homelessness. The mix of homes we’ve chosen allows this development to accommodate larger and smaller families, as well as couples and single occupants.”

Mike Watson, director at Watson Homes, said: “We have collaborated once again with Bolton at Home to bring forward a new development of affordable homes that will directly benefit the local community. Building the types of homes that people truly need is a core part of our offering and, once this scheme is complete, we hope to see these properties enhance Breightmet residents’ lives.”

We will look to make these new homes at Withins Drive as affordable as possible by making them available at Local Housing Allowance rates. This would keep rents lower than 80% of average private rental charges in the area.

The homes will be built on land that’s been vacant since a former primary school building was demolished in the early 2000s.

The development will feature 51 two and three-bedroom semi-detached houses, four one-bedroom cottage-style apartments, and 13 two-bedroom maisonette apartments.

The homes will be arranged around a new cul-de-sac access road off Withins Drive, with all the homes benefitting from on-site parking.

The picture above is a computer generated image of how the development will look.

If you’re interested in one of these future properties, you would need to be registered with Homes for Bolton and apply for them via the Pinpoint system when they’re ready to be advertised. For more information on this, click here.

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Tap4 issues

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Tap4 is our new digital publication for tenants and is released every quarter. It's available to read on any device, and:

  • Keeps you clued-up on the things we do to build and support our communities

  • Puts a spotlight on the people and organisations that make Bolton brilliant

  • Is inspired by you.

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Quarter Turn is dedicated to raising awareness of interesting activities, relevant services and inspiring stories from in and around our communities, celebrating those involved in community activities. A new issue is printed and posted every quarter. From April 2020, we've increased the distribution so it now goes to Bolton at Home tenants aged over 70 who live in general let without Careline, as well as to those living in extra care schemes, sheltered housing and in general let with Careline.