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Event Date: 18/05/2023

The Bolton Blueprint – A Bold Vision for 2040 and beyond

Bolton is no stranger to innovation; we are a town with a proud industrial past and big plans for a bright and prosperous future. There has never been a better time to learn about Bolton’s potential and be part of our ambition for 2040. Dedicated to showcasing investment, development, and regeneration opportunities – this session will feature from regional stakeholders on the opportunities in Bolton.

Time: 13.45-14.45pm

Date: Thursday 18th May 2023

Location: Cinema Stage, Royal Armouries Leeds, Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT

Key points

  • Bolton has an impressive track record of working with the private sector to deliver tangible change – change that generates real place making to secure social, economic, and financial benefits for the borough by creating new infrastructure and jobs while increasing connectivity and prosperity.
  • Exploring successful projects including Chorley Street affordable homes development, Logistics North, Octagon Theatre and the Interchange Transport Hub – and examining the benefits they have delivered for Bolton.
  • Proven success in securing external funding, including Towns Fund, Future High Streets, GM Brownfield Land Funding, HIF and Levelling Up, totalling £86.78m.
  • The Bolton Blueprint is designed to bring even greater diversity to that mix. By continuing our focus on the link between sound economic strategies and long-term community benefits, we can truly start to narrow the gap and secure prosperity for all.
  • Access the latest regeneration position in Bolton through the recently published Deloittes strategic assessment, outlining the transformational potential and opportunities available to investors and developers.

Discover Bolton’s plans for its town centre and district centres through the establishment of key intervention areas, investment by the council to pump-prime developments, partnership working, and creative thinking to support regeneration activity and neighbourhoods in which people thrive. Learn how you can be a part of Bolton’s future to deliver high-quality, mixed used developments across the borough.

The council strategy is centred on making connections through the physical infrastructure. We are laying the groundwork for an exciting new neighbourhood made possible by direct council strategies and funding.  We can evidence that intervention is beginning to stimulate private sector investment and confidence in Bolton and there are already 100’s of apartments being created which is the result of our vision for the residential market.

Town centres across the UK have changed, visitor and resident expectations and needs have shifted, and we are on trajectory to meet and exceed them through our focus on innovation and partnerships.

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  • Sue Johnson Bolton Council Chief Executive

    • Sue Johnson became Chief Executive of Bolton Council in 2022.
    • Sue joined Bolton in 2008 as Deputy Director of Corporate Resources and became the Council’s Treasurer in 2014.
    • An accountant by training, Sue’s career has seen her work across the public sector including the police service, university sector, NHS as well as local government.

  • Jon Dyson Director of Place at Bolton Council

    • John joined Bolton Council in 2020, initially as Deputy Director of Place, before taking on the role of Director of Place Services.
    • His portfolio includes responsibility for leading the Councils Environment and Regulatory Services, Services to Schools, Libraries, Museums and Culture and Highways, Engineering services and economic development and regeneration.
    • Previously John had worked at Liverpool City Council as a Building Surveyor within the Planning and Building Control Division and as a Business Projects Manager within the Business Management Team.
    • He then became Head of Waste Management at Knowsley Council over a 12-year period before moving to Bolton Council.

  • Darran Lawless Development Director at Placefirst

    • Darran is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in the property sector and is responsible for driving UK growth at Placefirst.
    • He heads up the in-house development team and oversees both existing projects and an exciting pipeline of future developments across the Placefirst portfolio.
    • Darran’s previous experience includes time spent as Development Director and he has managed the delivery of a wide range of high profile mixed use regeneration schemes in the UK.
    • Working in partnership with Bolton Council, Placefirst’s new £35m scheme Central Street will create 167 new BTR homes for private rent in the centre of Bolton. Placefirst are excited to be transforming this 1.1 hectre brownfield site into a vibrant new neighbourhood with rooftop terraces, resident gardens and courtyards. Designed with the local community in mind the neighbourhood will include ground floor commercial spaces, a spacious central square, communal green areas and pedestrian-led spaces.

  • Tim Heatley Founder of Capital & Centric

    • Tim trained as a lawyer but left a career in law behind to found social impact developer Capital&Centric,
    • He started out renovating a derelict house in his hometown of Salford and he now invests over £3m a week on regeneration projects with a positive social impact.
    • Tim is founder of Regeneration Brainery, a national academy aimed at broadening diversity and inclusivity in property, each year it mentors over 1000 young adults throughout the UK.
    • He is the Chair and co-founder of the Greater Manchester Mayors Charity which has raised over £3m in the past 3 years alone.
    • He is co-founder of the Embassy Village charity project in Castlefield creating 40 homes for people experiencing homelessness.
    • He featured on BBC2’s ‘Manctopia’ documentary about the property boom and his work on homelessness and is currently filming a new show for Channel 4 called 'Big Interiors Battle'

  • Joseph Daniels Chair of Decarbonisation and Next Gen Board UKBCSD

    • Joseph Michael Daniels is a world leading sustainable technologist, innovator and entrepreneur who is currently the chair of Decarbonisation and Next Gen Board UKBCSD.
    • Built the first net zero connected buildings across 4 continents and raising £40 million upon founding Etopia.
    • In 2022, Joseph retired from his original founding role to create a next generation incubator, Elixr, to help support social impact and sustainability entrepreneurs to change the world.
    • Elixir now has a number of organisations and a key advisory board consisting of some of the world's leaders in sustainability.
    • He is also special advisor to Sintali, the World Bank’s Green Building Accreditation underwriter and special advisor to BEIS construct zero for the British Government.

  • Lynne Cawthorn Head of Product at Stateside Foods

    • Lynne began her career in the food industry over 30 years ago, working in various roles across the food retail and food manufacturing sector. Her experience has allowed her to develop a deep understanding of the complexities of food production, customer needs and the regulations that govern this area.
    • Over the years, Lynne has honed her expertise in developing a comprehensive understanding of the regulations and guidelines surrounding food safety, labelling, and marketing. She has also developed a keen eye for identifying trends and opportunities in the food industry, allowing her to stay ahead of the curve in terms of product development and innovation.
    • As Head of Product, Lynne is responsible for overseeing all aspects of product development, from ideation to launch. She has a strong track record of success in this area, having launched numerous successful products over the course of her career.
    • Lynne is passionate about the food industry and is committed to driving innovation and excellence in all aspects of her work. Her extensive knowledge and experience make her a valuable asset for her colleagues at Stateside Foods.

  • Steve Wild Executive Director for Strategic Investment and Growth at Peel L&P

    • Stephen is an Executive Director for Strategic Investment and Growth at Peel L&P having joined the Peel Group in 2006.
    • Within Peel L&P Stephen is responsible for the major significant schemes coming forward including in Doncaster, Bolton, Bury, Gloucester and Salford Quays.
    • From 2009 to present Stephen has also been Managing Director of Media City overseeing the strategic direction and growth of the world class creative, digital and tech hub.
    • He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and was previously a partner at GVA Grimley and worked closely in delivery of major public/private sector initiatives across the North West and Yorkshire for the last 30 years.