First images released of plans for Hilton Park site

An image showing what the proposed new Mulbury Homes development for older residents on the site of Leigh Centurions' former ground Hilton Park could look like
An image showing what the proposed new Mulbury Homes development for older residents on the site of Leigh Centurions' former ground Hilton Park could look like
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THIS is what Hilton Park, former home of Leigh Centurions, could look like within a couple of years.

It’s seven years since Leigh left their famous old home for the Sports Village.

In that time, the site has been the subject of much discussion.

But now plans have been submitted to turn the former stadium into an older person’s village.

Specialist housing developer Mulbury Homes has unveiled the £17m plans to build a mix of bungalows and apartments on the vacant site which was once home to both Leigh Centurions and Leigh RMI later Genesis Football Club.

The five and half acre site has been vacant since the stadium was demolished in 2009.

The new development at Hilton Park will see the creation of 28 bungalows, a 97-unit extra care apartment block and a smaller 12-unit apartment block. All the properties will be aimed at those over the age of 55.

Claire Morris, head of Mulbury Homes’ care division, said: “Through our discussions with the local authority a clear need for this type of housing was identified and this development will significantly boost the provision of high-quality homes for older people in this area of Greater Manchester. It will put this vacant area of land to good use once again for the benefit of those will live there and those who are already living in the area.”

Under the proposals, access to the village will be via a new road running off Chadwick Street and the bungalows will be positioned around two newly created cul-de-sacs.

The bungalows all have parking spaces and rear gardens while the Extra Care apartments will benefit from two large gardens and a range of community facilities including a large open-plan lounge on the ground floor and a public café next to the building entrance.

Claire Morris added: “Our aim with this scheme is to create a real community feel and an environment where older people can maintain their independence by having their own front door, but with the peace of mind that access to care facilities is available.”

Leigh moved to Hilton Park from their former Mather Lane home in 1947. The Kirkhall Lane site was purchased for £2,500.

The steel-framed stand from the old Mather lane ground was dismantled and re-erected at the new ground.

A public consultation event about the proposal takes place at Leigh Town Hall tonight between 4 and 6.30pm.