Plans submitted for regeneration project

Indicative design showing part of the proposed North Leigh development
Indicative design showing part of the proposed North Leigh development
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DEVELOPERS have submitted plans for a multi-million pound regeneration project which could create thousands of jobs and transform a former industrial site.

The North Leigh Park Group have lodged a planning application with Wigan Council for a £310m regeneration project in North Leigh, on an extensive site stretching from the junction of Leigh Road and Atherton Road in Hindley Green to the Abbey Lane estate.

The application proposes turning the brownfield site, which has been identified as a Key Strategic Site for re-development in the council’s Local Development Framework, into around 1,800 homes, industrial sites and green spaces, with an improved road network to prevent congestion in the area.

North Leigh Park Group say the plans will create more than 7,000 construction jobs and around 1,300 permanent posts, and hope to start employing people as early as this winter if planning permission is given.

And that concerns raised the development during the consultation process, including issues over housing, parking and traffic congestion and the provision of open spaces and protecting the area’s biodiversity, have been worked into the final application.

The council and developers say the regeneration work is necessary due to contamination from the site’s mining past, with open mine shafts, colliery waste tips, the remains of sewage treatment work and problems with fly tipping in North Leigh.

Amenities on the new development include facilities for a doctor’s surgery and pharmacy, community centre, and new shops, and North Leigh are also promising open parkland and green spaces for dog walking and cycling.