Green light for major development

Artist's impression image of homes for North Leigh Park
Artist's impression image of homes for North Leigh Park

The first stage of a major regeneration scheme between Hindley and Leigh has been given planning permission by the town hall.

North Leigh Park is predicted to pump £310m into the borough economy with 1,800 new homes and employment land.

“The major investment into the area will significantly boost our economy and deliver a huge number of jobs not only in the construction of the scheme but also in the employment sites that are part of the scheme.”

Karl Battersby, Wigan Council’s director for economy and environment

The first wave of development - a 162-strong housing estate - was given the green light last week.

Karl Battersby, Wigan Council’s Director for Economy and Environment, said: “It is great news that the planning committee has given the go-ahead for the first phase of the scheme.

“North Leigh Park is of strategic importance to the entire borough in delivering the quantity and quality of housing that our residents will desperately need in the coming years.

“The major investment into the area will significantly boost our economy and deliver a huge number of jobs not only in the construction of the scheme but also in the employment sites that are part of the scheme.”

The over-arching project is a private-public partnership between the council and developers North Leigh Park Group Limited (NLPGL).

NLPGL’s Paul Jarvis said: “We are delighted that the reserved matters application for the first phase at North Leigh and that access to serve Nel Pan Lane has been passed by the planning committee.

“This is a significant milestone in kick-starting the delivery of the wider regeneration scheme at North Leigh.The first phase will deliver 162 high quality new homes off Nel Pan Lane, 26 acres of green open spaces and wildlife corridors as well provide a significant new gateway into the development.

“We are now progressing plans for the remediation of the site to provide a safer, cleaner, more sustainable environment for wildlife and local communities for the benefit of current and future generations.”

The developers will also deliver a new sports pitch at Howe Bridge and improve the existing pitches at Marsh Playing fields on Wigan Road as part of the first phase of the scheme, council bosses added.