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Introduction to Area

Croal Valley will reanimate the River Croal through residential development that takes in riverside apartments, interspersed with pocket parks and high quality public realm. To the west, townhouses will create a new gateway to the Victorian splendour of Queen’s Park – effectively integrating this important green space with the town centre. Croal Valley has an abundance of untapped potential and offers a unique chance to deliver transformational projects to create a highly desirable place to live.

Development Principles

Renaturalise a stretch of the River Croal

To renaturalise a stretch of the River Croal in order to develop a series of residential enclaves that make the most of the town centre’s ‘blue network’

Cohesive urban fabric

Create a more cohesive and compact urban fabric by creating ‘river corridors’, featuring high quality residential blocks that make the most of the views afforded and open up opportunities for leisure and community uses.

Develop new green spaces

Develop new green spaces (pocket parks) that capitalise on the waterfront setting and maximise Queen’s Park as one of Bolton’s green assets, by creating a housing development that acts as a gateway between the park and town centre.

Site Vision

Taking advantage of its proximity to the town centre and Queen’s Park, Croal Valley is intended to offer a range of housing types, with a lower density feel to the west (towards the park) and a more urban feel to the east (towards the town centre). The vision is to create a range of ‘pocket’ parks along the river Croal opening up access to the river.

Working with us

“Bolton Council has set out an ambitious vision for the town centre and we are excited to be working with such a forward-thinking local authority. We have developed our plans for Central Street with the wider town centre framework in mind and are confident our proposals will reflect that ambition.”

“Having cut our teeth delivering complex refurbishment projects in regeneration areas, Bolton represents an important new milestone for Placefirst as our first major town centre new-build BTR community. This project will show that town centre, urban living isn’t just for young people living in boring apartments.”

David Smith-Milne
Managing Director, Placefirst