Plans for 393 homes as part of the redevelopment of the 187-acre Horwich Loco Works site into a 1,700-home neighbourhood have been granted outline permission by Bolton Council.

Morris Homes lodged the application for the second phase of Rivington Chase on the 25th of November. Bluemantle Group is developing the £262M scheme alongside partners including Bolton Council, Homes England and Network Rail.

The proposed homes – a mix of detached, semi-detached and mews properties as well as six apartments – would be built on a 40-acre plot to the north of the site.

Rivington Chase is located between Horwich town centre and the Middlebrook Retail Park.

Emery Planning is the planning consultant for the latest phase, and Astle Planning & Design the architect.

Bolton Council approved the Loco Works masterplan, designed by Cass Associates, in September 2015. The first phase comprised of 112 homes built by Bellway and is now complete.

A £12m link road, approved last August, is planned to connect the site to Middlebrook Retail Park, Horwich Parkway railway station, and Junction 6 of the M61.