Makeover to bring new jobs

AN AMBITIOUS regeneration programme could introduce 1,800 new homes and more jobs to the borough.

North Leigh Park Group - part of Black Country Properties - has outlined plans known as the North Leigh Regeneration Scheme for land extending from Leigh Road, Hindley Green to Westleigh Road, Leigh.

A formal planning application is yet to be submitted, with only an outline draft for residents to view.

The project proposes to deliver a new link road between the A579 Atherleigh Way and the A578 Leigh Road, new employment opportunities, with 800,000sqft of industrial units, and 1,800 new homes.

Other ideas include improving open public rights of way and open spaces; creating a district centre incorporating community facilities and retail opportunities; developing a new network of gateways, roads, cycleways and footpaths and working on wildlife and habitat areas.

The second consultation period has now closed but ward councillors are concerned about the implications of the scheme and encourage people to carry on submitting their opinions.

Atherleigh councillor, Sue Loudon, said: “In my ward, there have been concerns about the junction on Westleigh Lane and the impact on Corner Lane and Smallbrook Lane.

“If there was a planning application to go ahead, I would want traffic lights at the junction before we open up that site so traffic has somewhere to go.

“The developers are collating information from consultation sessions and will look at the planning application to see how to alter it reflecting people’s concerns, as at the moment this is only an outline.”

Hindley Green councillor Bob Brierley said: “We are losing our green space and I have heard about other projects with extra industrial units which cannot be sold, so why build more?

“But there are some positive points, as there are plans for a health and community centre, which is much-needed, and a cinema complex.

“Industrial units could generate work in the area but residents are concerned about the type of units created and the traffic implications.

“We are still in the dark about what planning application will be put in.”

A spokesman for the North Leigh Park Group said: “We are considering comments made during the consultation period.

“In due course, a planning application will be prepared and submitted to Wigan Council for the site.”

If anyone has any comments, visit www.northleighregeneration.com or post views to Freepost RSRG-UBRA-XZZC, Black Country Properties Ltd, Stratum House, Stafford Park 10, Telford, TF3 3AB.