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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has submitted a planning application for Farnworth Town Centre to bring much needed retail and leisure facilities to the town and create in excess of 100 jobs.

The plans for the regeneration of Farnworth Town Centre, which have been developed in partnership with Bolton Council, are for the development of a new shopping parade comprising up to 23,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space, a first floor gym or further retail and improvements to the public realm. The proposals are for the Market Precinct between Brackley Street and King Street, which is currently undeveloped and in need of investment. 

Steven Knowles, North West Regional Director at St. Modwen, said: “This much-needed scheme will transform Farnworth Town Centre, bringing significant investment and job opportunities to the local area, as well as an improved leisure and retail offer. This latest step demonstrates the improving economy which in turn, is having a positive impact on the commercial property market in the North.”

The masterplan for the new town centre has been developed in conjunction with Bolton Council following St. Modwen’s purchase of the precinct in 2011. Under the plans, Farnworth Market will also be reconfigured, as part of the wider town centre plan, to create a modern and revamped facility for traders and shoppers.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “We’ve been working with St. Modwen since they acquired the precinct and this development has the potential to transform an area that is in real need of new investment. The expanded and improved retail offer in this proposed development could act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the town centre. The application will now be considered as part of the planning process.”