Bury Town Centre Draft Masterplan - Consultation


Introducing the draft masterplan

How to take part in the consultation

The draft masterplan in more detail

Your questions answered

Introducing the draft masterplan

Bury town centre offers an opportunity for transformative change over the next 20 years - building on the exciting developments that will be forthcoming, such as the redeveloped Interchange and reimagined Bury Market which includes a new flexi-hall venue, and the unique cultural and heritage assets that Bury already benefits from.

We want Bury to be an attractive, thriving, healthy and forward-looking town where people aspire to live, work and study and where everyone can enjoy the Bury experience.

Within this Draft Masterplan, we have set out an ambitious but deliverable vision for Bury town centre, which recognises that it cannot stand still. To remain a vibrant and thriving centre, Bury needs to adapt to the changes in the UK's retail market, be attractive and open to inward investment, and encourage high quality, mixed use development as well as retain the key businesses and communities that make Bury the place that it is today.

The draft Bury Masterplan provides a clear plan, vision and objectives to ensure the future sustainability of the borough's principal town centre between now and 2040. A vision which will secure the long-term economic growth of the town.

How to take part in the consultation

The consultation is open for six weeks from 4 January to 15 February 2022.

Please take part to let us know what you think Bury town centre needs in the future and what you want to see come forward. You can have your say via the options outlined below. Please submit your comments online if possible.

More detailed information about the draft plan is provided below along with a downloadable version of the full plan. In addition, copies of the Bury Town Centre Draft Masterplan are available for inspection during normal opening hours at:

  • Bury Town Hall reception, Knowsley Street, Bury BL9 0SW
  • Bury Library

The draft masterplan in more detail

A draft Masterplan for Bury Town Centre has been prepared which seeks to address the issues and challenges that Bury town centre currently faces and sets out a long-term vision for the growth and development of the town centre over the next 15-20 years. This includes: 

  • a transformational revamp of the heart of the centre
  • setting out proposals to transform the Mill Gate Shopping Centre with new shops, leisure, residential and business opportunities.

Alongside this, the draft masterplan sets out other development opportunities across the town centre that will complement the Mill Gate proposals and help to sustain Bury as one of the top town centres within Greater Manchester and beyond. These opportunities include proposals for:

  • a new Flexi Hall, which will comprise a large, state-of-the-art, carbon neutral, multifunctional events space that can support market stalls, 'pop-up' trading, live performance, and community events
  • an improved market
  • a new re-arranged transport interchange.

Sites have also been identified for new town centre residential development as well as wider innovation, education and employment opportunities.

It is proposed that these developments will be supported and linked by a high-quality public environment which is attractive, easy to navigate and safe, to allow pedestrians and cyclists to move around easily. 

The draft masterplan puts forward key development proposals including:

  • the transformation of the Mill Gate and introduction of new uses, including residential, leisure, a broader food and beverage offer and a potential location for a new leisure centre
  • an improved Bury Market with a new Flexi-Hall and also include a cafĂ© bar, an area dedicated to office functions, and space dedicated to the provision of workshops, co-worker space or small business start-ups
  • the creation of new homes (including affordable) to encourage town centre living
  • the introduction of new, high-quality public realm, including the creation of a new Station Square in Bolton Street
  • the development of new employment space, encouraging innovation and collaboration, with a particular focus on new space for small and medium sized businesses
  • a redeveloped Bury Interchange, providing a highly connected and accessible new gateway into the town centre.

The full Bury Town Centre Draft Masterplan and a summary information are available below:

Your questions answered

For further information on Bury's town centre masterplan please see: Bury Town Centre Draft Masterplan - Frequently asked questions.

Contact for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure (Bury town centre Masterplan)