Site is up for sale again

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DEVELOPERS have placed a site – where a bid to build a controversial waste recycling facility was rejected – up for sale again.

The Property Alliance Group is offering 15 acres of land at Green Fold Way in Leigh, part of which lies in the Hope Carr nature reserve, for sale or rent under the name The Green.

The developer’s website describes the land, which is divided into two areas with the larger measuring 10.8 acres, as unsurfaced and suitable for a variety of uses.

Atherton-based firm JWT Waste Services previously proposed turning the site into a waste recycling facility including offices and workshops, but this caused a huge outcry among local residents and was eventually rejected by Wigan Council planners.

Apart from that application, however, there has been a notable lack of interest from companies in taking on The Green, leading to the developers placing it on its Facebook site to try to drum up interest.

The social media post sparked a lively debate among local residents, with some criticising the idea of building on the Green Fold Way land and others welcoming efforts to find commercial use for the area as necessary for continuing to boost Leigh’s economy.

Resident Bernard Wells, who was one of the campaign leaders against the waste recycling facility, said: “Personally if I was a developer I would look to buy the smaller five-acre site because to me there’s only about two acres of the bigger plot which is really suitable for development.

“There’s currently nobody looking after the site so as long as anyone developing it maintains the environment finding a buyer might be a good thing.

“It depends on what they want to do with the site though, because something like a recycling facility will be bad for the area.”

As the site partly lies within a nature reserve anyone looking to develop The Green will have to include a large number of environmental mitigation measures to prevent overall damage to wildlife habitats in the area.

Residents have also previously criticised the site owners for allowing workmen to scrape the site flat using a bulldozer during the bird nesting season.

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