PEOPLE are set to give their thoughts on the redevelopment of a venue in Prestwich and creating a "new community heart" in the area as part of a £100m scheme.

Last year, the council bought the Longfield Centre and now they have joined with Muse Developments – one of the leading names in urban regeneration – to drive the project forward.

The local authority hopes to redevelop the centre in a "sustainable way and add spaces for independent businesses to thrive as well as adding high-quality homes, family friendly outdoor spaces and a new community hub focused on health and wellbeing".

The plans are still in their early stages, but the key ambitions of the proposal have been revealed.

The council plans to create an "inclusive place that champions the community spirit of Prestwich", promote health and wellbeing by creating social meeting places and outdoor spaces for community events, enhancing the environment with sustainable buildings and walking and cycle routes.

It also says it will deliver benefits for people and build a legacy of social value, through a £100m investment in the Prestwich economy, create jobs and also strengthen Prestwich’s transport infrastructure and links with a new mobility hub, which will offer car parking, electric vehicle charging points and bike storage.

Development director at Muse Developmentsm, David Burkinshaw, said: “Redeveloping the Longfield Centre will help position Prestwich as one of the best places to live and visit in the North West for many years to come.

“This is a huge opportunity to create a vibrant new destination for Prestwich that will be an exemplar of sustainable placemaking, deliver social value for the community, and provide the flexible spaces that local and independent businesses need to thrive into the future.

“Prestwich has a strong community spirit, and we want to make sure that we give residents, businesses and stakeholders plenty of opportunity to work with us on shaping the vision.

"We’re looking forward to kicking this off in the spring with our first community conversation.”

Cllr Eamonn O'Brien, leader of Bury Council said: “The regeneration of our town centres is a crucial part of our strategy to make sure all areas of our borough can flourish for generations to come.

“This is the biggest single investment we have ever put into Prestwich as we are determined to transform the town and bring about much-needed improvement for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors.

“We need everyone to work together to make this a success, so I urge every single person to join us in reshaping Prestwich for a bright future.”