War of words now set to resume over controversial urban village

One of the previous protests against the south Hindley urban village
One of the previous protests against the south Hindley urban village
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Outline plans for a new "urban village" in south Hindley - promising 2,000 new homes - have resurfaced.

Peel Land and Property, working with GVA, has published a fresh public notice over the sprawling development, which has generated widespread opposition.

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Straddling Hindley and Hindley Green, the proposals are said to include around 12 hectares of employment land, alongside a new local centre and primary school.

Fifty hectares plus would be given over to ‘public open space’ and sports pitch provisions.

Under the terms of the notice, residents now have 21 days to make their feelings known with Wigan Council.

Coun Bob Brierley, who represents Hindley Green, has expressed ongoing concerns with the preparatory work undertaken for the comprehensive site.

He has repeatedly questioned the adequacy of survey work conducted on behalf of Peel and partners Arcadis, amid historic concerns over the presence of asbestos.

Coun Brierley added: “The biggest question I have is over the surveys, which for me has all been smoke and mirrors.

“It’s been nowhere near enough for what they have been proposing and I am going to be objecting to this.

“The infrastructure is also all wrong for this size of development, especially the drainage. All they are thinking about is the profit to be made.”

The prospective development has spurred local residents into action before now, with concerns that wildlife corridors would be left devastated by the project.

More than 1,500 people have signed a long-running online petition, protesting vociferously that local services would not cope with the influx of new housing.

And a Facebook group, No to South Hindley Urban Village, has attracted more than 2,300 members.

Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue and Hindley and Hindley Green Labour councillors have also kept the pressure up on developers over the approach taken to technical surveys, which have held up the scheme to date.

A series of meetings were held with Arcadis and Peel earlier this year in a bid to clear up the asbestos question.

Work has already got under way on another major Hindley Green project, for 183 homes off Smiths Lane, which is known as Belmont Place.