Accommodation plan for young care leavers

The housing would be on a site behind this part of King Street
The housing would be on a site behind this part of King Street

Young adults leaving the care system could soon benefit from purpose-built accommodation in Leigh.

Plans to build six self-contained flats behind 79 King Street have been submitted to Wigan Council and a decision is expected for June.

The proposed development, on behalf of Inspire Children’s Services, would provide five “semi-independent” housing blocks for those leaving care, with plans for the sixth building to house Inspire staff to provide 24 hour on site assistance.

The site has been described as “highly sustainable” offering a number of amenities within walking distance and only 130 metres from Spinning Gate Shopping Centre and the nearest bus stop.

Each one and a half storey house will be kitted out with a kitchen and dining area, one living room, one bedroom, a study room and a bathroom.

All of the occupants will also have access to their own private garden.

A supporting document states: “The applicant considers that the proposed development will provide a good example in the re-use of previously developed land, which will contribute towards the borough’s housing stock without harming local residential amenity or highway safety.

“Particular care has been taken to ensure that this development reflects its position in the locality, along with the existing buildings to the north, south and west.”

The new development will back onto The Colliery Bar & Grill, also on King Street. Part of the application outlines plans to locate the bedrooms furthest away from the bar, which has recently opened its own nightclub on site called The Gallery, formerly Barbarellas.

The plans, submitted on behalf of Elland Developments, can be viewed on Wigan Council’s planning portal using reference A/17/83817/FULL