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Bolton Set For Town Centre Hotel

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 7:07am

By Joseph Timan - Local Democracy Reporter

The former World of Wicker building on the edge of the town centre could be home to a small hotel and café.

Up to 13 double rooms will be created in the ground floor of the building in Manchester Road.

This comes as the owner has struggled to sell office and retail space at the site which was granted planning permission two years ago.

According to the application, the owner is now considering alternative uses for the ground floor, although some of this space could still have a commercial use.

In 2016, permission was granted to convert the upper floors for residential use with commercial space available downstairs.

A café facility was also approved under the original plans.

There will be no extensions to the existing building as part of the proposal and all work will be contained to the interior.

A small parking area at the back of the building with five spaces including a disabled parking space will serve the hotel, but the applicant expects customers to use public transport when travelling to the building.

For this reason, parking will not be included as part of a booking at the hotel so patrons will have to make their own parking

The application states: “The site has excellent access to the national road network, public transport provision, and all the other amenities you would expect to find in a location close to a town centre.”

Planning officers approved the application last month.

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