Site Visit – Chapeltown Village, Bolton

Today I visited a development site in this beautiful village in the heart of the countryside, situated on the Bolton/ Blackburn border.

The purpose of the day was to introduce the developer to the funder, let them see the site, the proposal and at the same time, meet the contractor and professional team who would deliver the scheme.

The site has been in ownership for three years, consisting originally of a dilapidated Grade II Listed cottage, an old attached barn and a scruffy parcel of derelict farmland. Over their period of ownership, the developer has already restored and sold the cottage and is progressing with the barn renovation, creating a magnificent home for someone.

The site is around three quarters of an acre and once had planning consent to build two quite large detached houses, but the developer considered the design wasn’t sympathetic for such a beautiful spot and was successful in gaining consent to create 4 smaller homes. Each property will be constructed in materials to blend in with the surrounding homes and all in all will provide just over 8,000 square foot of living space, secured behind a private gated entrance and each benefitting tremendous views.

The demand for such homes is expected to be extremely high, especially as this plot is likely to be the last space to be awarded planning consent in order to preserve the integrity of the village.

I can’t wait to see the development commence and of course the finished project, when families eventually move in.