A fresh masterplan and new CGI pictures have been released as part of £100m plus proposals to transform Prestwich.

Nationwide developer Muse and the council have launched a second "community conversation" on the grand plans after "record levels of engagement" in the previous consultation earlier in the year.

"Your Prestwich" is an ambitious £100m plus project that will transform the Longfield Centre and "cement Prestwich as one of the best places to live and spend time in the North West".

The council and Muse formed the Prestwich Regeneration LLP joint venture in November last year to drive the project forward.

After people have had their say, a number of factors will be included in the regeneration.

A new community hub building, including a library and flexible space to be used for events is among the plans.

The joint venture is also having "positive discussions" with the NHS and GP practices about relocating health and services in the building too.

A new market hall providing smaller spaces for retailers to "thrive and grow", including a food hall for local operators and communal seating that spills out onto the village square, is among the plans.

Flexible retail and leisure spaces across the site to complement the high street and help to cater for Prestwich’s "diverse business community" is planned, along with a new gym.

A new village square with family-friendly social places to meet and relax for all the community is also being proposed. The square has been flexibly designed so it provides space for pop-up events like markets, food festivals, art exhibitions and live performances.

The plans also include around 200 new homes. While the housing is not yet fully designed it is envisaged that there will be a mix of apartment sizes for affordable homes, first-time buyers, growing families and "downsizers".

There will be room for plenty of landscaped outdoor and green spaces, trees and places to wander, relax and sit. It is planned to remove the existing fountain and incorporate new public art installations throughout the development.

Car parking will be relocated in the centre of the site to a new "multi-storey travel hub" off Fairfax Road, which will contain around 350 spaces, electric vehicle charging points, cycle storage and parcel lockers under the plans.

The proposed travel hub location is designed to help reduce traffic along Rectory Lane and provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists, supporting wider plans to promote active travel across Prestwich with connections to local walking and cycling routes, and easy access to frequent tram and bus services.

New energy and water efficient buildings to minimise carbon in operation, including the use of sustainable building materials to reduce upfront embodied carbon, is planned too.

The new buildings are also being designed to "complement local architecture and celebrate Prestwich’s heritage and character".

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Bury Times: A CGI included in the plansA CGI included in the plans (Image: Bury Council/Muse)

Project director at Muse, Stuart Rogers, said: “We had a brilliant response to our first conversation on regenerating Prestwich Village with nearly 900 people submitting questionnaires and hundreds of residents attending our online and in-person events.

"The local community is really passionate about the future of the site and shared loads of great ideas and feedback.

"This has been fundamental in helping us to work up detailed plans for our vision to create a new beating heart for Prestwich that appeals to everyone.

“At Muse, our approach to placemaking is to work closely with local communities and use their knowledge and insight to help us make people-centred places that leave a long-lasting, positive legacy.

"We’re looking forward to continuing the conversation with residents and hope we get another fantastic response over the coming weeks.”

Following the second consultation the joint venture will use the feedback to finalise the regeneration proposals and aims to submit a planning application before the end of the year.

Council leader, Cllr Eamonn O'Brien, said: “These are truly transformational plans, bringing together housing, leisure, health and business opportunities to the heart of Prestwich.

“I’m delighted that so many people have already got involved and commented on the proposals.

"I urge everyone to play their part in ensuring that these developments will make Prestwich thrive for many generations to come.”

The second "community conversation" closes on Sunday, October 8 with plenty of opportunities for people to take part and provide feedback.

People can complete an online questionnaire at www.yourprestwich.com.

Alternatively they can fill in a freepost questionnaire in the newsletter being delivered to all Prestwich addresses this week, email info@yourprestwich.com or call 0800 689 1095.

Residents can write to "Freepost HAVE YOUR SAY" (no further address or stamp needed) too.

There will be drop in sessions from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, September 16 and from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, September 20 at Prestwich Library at the Longfield Centre where staff will be on hand to discuss the masterplan.

A quiet hour is being held for residents that have neurodiverse conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder, autism, dyspraxia and dyslexia from 10am to 11am on Saturday, September 16 at Prestwich Library. Contact the Your Prestwich team to book onto this session.

People can sign up for online Q&A at www.yourprestwich.com from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Monday, September 25 where people can learn more about the plans and ask the project team questions

Residents can follow the project on Instagram and Facebook @YourPrestwich.