Work set to start on £9m restaurant and homes plan

An artist's impression of the entertainment venue at Astley Point
An artist's impression of the entertainment venue at Astley Point

Developers behind an ambitious multi-million pound development to build an entertainment centre and houses hope to begin work this year.

The joint venture delivering the £9m Astley Point scheme has submitted a planning application to Wigan Council to demolish the existing Rendezvous venue and other buildings on site.

It’s a fantastic new development for Astley and we look forward to the first apartments being ready by summer 2017 and the new restaurant will be taking bookings for Christmas 2017.

Seb Heeley

The area on Higher Green Lane will then be transformed into restaurants and bars, an entertainment destination, 14 houses and 14 apartments in a project which it is hoped will bring scores of jobs to the borough.

The decision whether to approve the demolition or not has been delegated to Wigan Council planning officers and developers Salcaul say they are hopeful they will get permission and be on site in the next few months.

Seb Heeley, development manager of Redwaters which is part of the Astley Point scheme, said: “We are very excited that we will be on site at Astley Point before Christmas this year.

“It’s a fantastic new development for Astley and we look forward to the first apartments being ready by summer 2017 and the new restaurant will be taking bookings for Christmas 2017.”

Wigan Council planners gave the green light to the scheme, which also involves altering the site access and extensive landscaping, in May.

The redevelopment of the 4.5 acre site is being delivered through a partnership between Salboy, owned by bookmaker Fred Done and Simon Ismail, and building firm Redwaters.

Construction work, which will last more than a year, is expected to employ around 120 people and the developers 
say the finished complex could provide up to 70 full-time jobs.

Redwaters has been building homes in the North West for almost 40 years and has worked extensively in Astley in recent times, developing the Astley Brook and Chaddock Hall projects.

To find out more about the scheme or register an interest in buying one of the houses or apartments, visit www.astleypoint.com.