HOW Planning Regeneration Work Recognised by RTPI
Chris Peacock, Associate, and Hilary Brett, Principal Environmental Consultant (pictured centre and left) collected HOW Planning’s award for their work on the Horwich Loco Works site in Bolton, Lancashire. The scheme is one of the largest ever regeneration schemes proposed in the North of England and has been recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute’s North West Award, presented to HOW at a ceremony in December 2015.
HOW was awarded the 2015 Regeneration Award for the 76ha scheme which is set to breathe new life into the redundant former Railway Works, delivering employment opportunities, family homes and open green space for leisure and community uses on an historic site.
Says Gary Halman, Managing Partner at HOW Planning: “We were honoured to be recognised by the RTPI North West with such a prestigious award. The scheme demonstrates a powerful regeneration led solution which will positively impact and help shape the economic, social and environmental needs of the local and wider community and the award is a fantastic recognition of all the hard work and commitment made by all parties in securing its future.”
The RTPI North West awards celebrate the contribution planning and planners make to society and the Horwich Loco Works - which will be brought forward for development by Horwich Vision (a partnership between Bluemantle Limited and Orbit Developments) – is an example of how a regeneration scheme can deliver major benefits to an area; injecting significant new investment and the provision of new jobs and homes for Horwich and the wider borough.
The site represents a key asset for Bolton Council, accounting for a significant proportion of its housing needs and in retaining an element of the buildings as a heritage core and focal point, Horwich Vision’s plans will be sensitive to the site’s surroundings.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Ebrahim Adia, said: “The Horwich Loco Works scheme is a very important development for Bolton and is key to us delivering the number of houses required in the area over the next 10 to 15 years. However, it is a complex site and it is a credit to HOW Planning that they were able to put together a comprehensive scheme which secured planning approval. This award is a worthy recognition of their work and the quality of their submission.”