Plans to redevelop a well known Bolton hotel into a halls of residence for students in the area have been given the go-ahead. The scheme will see the city’s Pack Horse Hotel converted into halls designed to house 100 students. The rooms in the new development are to be furnished with an en-suite shower or bath, wireless internet capability and central heating.
It is hoped that the proposals, which have now been given the full green light by the Bolton City Council planning department, could help to regenerate the city centre of Bolton, with the mass arrival of students in the area giving it a financial kick start. The businesses in the centre of the city, particularly the pubs, clubs and off-licenses have been struggling in the wake of the recession, and at present three quarters of all properties in the area of the new development – Nelson Street – are unused, with the hotel where the new development is to be built, presently derelict. A spokesman for the planning committee, Cllr David Wilkinson said:
“It is a good use of the hotel. The licensing trade is struggling at the moment so it will be a big boost for the night time economy.”
He added that, with the success being experienced by the city’s university, the additional student accommodation would fulfil a clear need. The new accommodation block, being developed by Forshaw Land and Planning Ltd, will be fully soundproofed, but will feature an on-site bar, ensuring that there will no issues concerning licensing.