HORWICH GOLF CLUB

CONSULTATION

New, sustainable homes for Horwich

Welcome to our public consultation

Northstone, a new housebuilder based the North West, is preparing detailed plans for new homes and an area of public green space on land off Victoria Road, Horwich. Our proposals would see 208 new, sustainable homes in a variety of styles and sizes, including 71 affordable homes, to suit local needs. The existing woodland will be retained and enhanced, with new connections proposed to the existing public rights of way to create an attractive link to the countryside. These formerly private spaces will be unlocked and returned to the .  

Outline permission for these plans was granted in September 2021 by the Planning Inspectorate and Northstone is now bringing forward a Reserved Matters application for the first two phases of development, in which the details of the proposals will be finalised.

Our pre-application public consultation is now closed, and Northstone would like to thank all those who took part in the consultation and shared their views. Northstone is now in the process of reviewing this feedback before finalising the proposals and submitting its Reserved Matters application to Bolton Council. 

Our Vision

Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3

Our proposals are displayed below in a brief overview for your convenience.

These plans off the opportunity to open up the private land to new and existing residents, retaining as many trees as possible, planting new trees and hedges, and creating new pedestrian and cycleways through the development. Located towards the urban edge of Horwich, the development will provide a transition area to the open countryside and beyond.

Our proposals will create:

A Space to Connect with Nature

  • Opportunities to connect with nature by retaining the existing woodland and reservoir, and enhancing Nellie’s Cough as an area of semi-natural broadleaf woodland.
  • New native planting added to the existing stock to improve the age profile and diversity of the woodland. Spring bulb planting under the tree canopies will add seasonal interest to the site’s biodiversity.

A Space for Activity, Wellbeing and Play

  • A ‘green corridor’ throughout the site, providing connectivity to existing footpaths and Public Rights of Way, and seamlessly transitioning the urban edge of Horwich into the open countryside.
  • A series of natural play area for children to enjoy, complete with adventure play equipment throughout the site along green corridors and within suitable openings.

Affordable, energy efficient homes

  • The creation of up to 208 new homes, from one-bed apartments to six-bed multi-generational homes, complete with energy-efficient fabric, windows and doors, heat-save technology, intelligent heating systems, alongside secured cycle parking storage and electric vehicle charging points.
  • The inclusion of 71 homes that are either affordable rent or intermediate housing, to make a meaningful contribution to the district’s five-year land supply. We are engaging with a local Registered Provider, Bolton at Home, to ensure that the affordable housing mix meets local needs.

Design Principles

Northstone has challenged and elevated traditional property development principles in home building. Our exclusive designs have been informed by our vast experience and the ‘wish-list’ knowledge we’ve gained over the years from occupiers and homeowners. 

For example, our homes provide open-plan, uncluttered spaces featuring clever storage solutions to maximise living areas. High ceilings and large windows increase natural light for residents, while all properties can be adapted to respond to residents’ needs and requirements. 

Northstone homes also exceed standard energy-efficiency requirements by providing household technology that is proven to lower energy bills. 

Design director, Richard O’Brien, can explain a little more about what makes Northstone homes unique:  

The virtual exhibition provides more information on many aspects of the scheme, including site considerations and the benefits of the scheme. To submit your feedback, please click here to visit our online feedback form.

FAQs

If you have any questions about the proposals, please check below to view our frequently asked questions and answers. For all other questions, please visit Your Views for ways to submit your questions.

The site is located at Horwich Golf Club, off Victoria Road, Horwich

Outline consent has been granted for the site which has established the principle of residential development here. The site is sustainably located and represents a sensible urban extension to Horwich. The centre of Horwich and Middlebrook Retail Park are both a short walk away from the site giving access to a number of retail options and other services such as a pharmacy or Horwich Leisure Centre.

The site is within easy access of Junction 6 of the M61, providing road access to Lancashire to the north and the Greater Manchester area to the south east. In addition, the site is less than 10 minutes’ cycle from Horwich Parkway rail station and slightly further to Blackrod rail station. Regular bus routes into Bolton run along Chorley New Road and other services to towns such as Westhoughton, Leigh and .

 

 

Horwich Golf Club has faced financial difficulties in recent years and it is no longer viable to keep the Club open for use indefinitely. Northstone’s proposals will bring the land back into wider use and ensure the public have access to the green spaces included in our proposals.

Bolton Council is working to develop new homes on brownfield land across the Borough, however there is not enough land to fulfil the long term housing needs of the residents of Bolton. Our site will help to address this need and help ensure local people are not forced out of their local area because of a lack of housing options.

Northstone’s proposals will see the delivery of 208 sustainable homes, from one- and two-bed apartments and bungalows, to six-bed multi-generational . In Phase 1, 179 new homes will be built, which includes 79 four-bed houses, 47 three-bed houses and 25 apartments. There will also be 61 affordable properties built during this phase.

Northstone is committed to setting a high standard when it comes to sustainability and carbon reduction – both in construction and in the lifetimes of the homes we build. Northstone homes feature energy-efficient windows and doors, heat-save technology, intelligent heating systems, and waste-limiting building specifications. We aim to future-proof the communities we create, and all of our homes are EV charging point ready.

There is no doubt that our scheme would make a meaningful contribution to the district’s five-year land supply and would provide much-needed market and affordable housing.

 

 

A diverse range of affordable homes will be developed. Of the 208 new homes we are proposing, 71 (or 34%) will be affordable properties. While the exact mix has yet to be agreed, we anticipate that 4% of properties will be one bedroom apartments, 18% two bedroom properties, 37% three bedroom properties, 35% four bedrooms, and 6% five+ bedrooms. Northstone has engaged early with local Registered Provider, Bolton at Home, to ensure that the affordable housing mix meets local needs.

Our proposals for Horwich Golf Club seek to protect the site’s existing ecology and will find ways to contribute to a Biodiversity Net Gain position. This includes: retention of existing tree belts across the site, offsite Upper Fairway Restoration to agricultural use, in keeping with the surrounding fields, offsite woodland habitat planting and a lighting strategy to minimise ecological impacts.

Virtual Exhibition

About Us

Northstone is part of the Peel Group, and we’re passionate about our heritage in the North. We innovate, adapt and regenerate spaces and places.

We create sustainable, energy-efficient homes in community-focused spaces that shape the future of living. Northstone has challenged and elevated traditional property development principles in home building. Our exclusive designs have been informed by our vast experience and the ‘wish-list’ knowledge we’ve gained over the years from occupiers and homeowners.

For example, our homes provide open-plan, uncluttered spaces featuring clever storage solutions to maximise living areas. High ceilings and large windows increase natural light for residents, while all properties can be adapted to respond to residents’ needs and requirements.

We aim to future-proof the communities we create. Northstone homes also exceed standard energy-efficiency requirements by providing household technology that is proven to lower energy bills.  These energy-efficient windows and doors, heat-save technology, intelligent heating systems, waste-limiting building specifications and all of our homes are EV charging point ready. In addition, the homes will use a pioneering intelligent full home automation system, Wondrwall, a Showersave waste water heat recovery system, triple glazing as standard and all homes will come with hyper-fast Grain broadband guaranteed from move-in day.

Your Views

Before we submit a detailed Reserved Matters planning application, we want to hear from the local community to help shape our final plans. Our public consultation will run from 14th March – 28th March 2022.

During this time, you can leave your comments by completing our form below, or you can get in touch with us if you have a question by:

Your details are requested to support your comments. Please note that any feedback provided by you will be used for the purposes of informing the submission of a planning application and a summary of all responses will be collated into a Statement of Community Involvement to be submitted as part of that application to the Council. The information you provide will only be used for the purposes of this consultation exercise. The data will be held securely in accordance with data protection guidelines.
You can view our privacy policy here: https://www.northstone.co.uk/privacy-policy/
Please note that any feedback provided by you will be used for the purposes of informing the submission of a planning application and a summary of all responses will be collated into a Consultation Statement to be submitted as part of that application to the Council. The information you provide will only be used for the purposes of this consultation exercise. The data will be held securely in accordance with data protection guidelines.

Register Your Interest

If you are interested in a new home Horwich Golf Club, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please register your interest below and Northstone will keep you updated as the plans progress.

Please use the space below to let us know what type of property you would be interested in and the details of your requirements, such as the type of house and number of bedrooms.SspaBottom of Form

The information you provide will only be used for the purpose of this scheme. The data will be held securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation.