Work on new Leigh retail park set to start in September

An artist's impression of the new retail park in Leigh
An artist's impression of the new retail park in Leigh
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PLANS for the next phase of work transforming a former colliery site into a leading retail park have been given the go ahead.

Developer Brookhouse Group has received permission for the second phase of work at the Parsonage Retail Park in Leigh, following the opening of the first development including M&S Simply Food, Sainsbury’s and TK Maxx.

The new retail park will be made up of a 2,000sq ft restaurant and three shopping units ranging from 9,688sq ft to 16,307sq ft, and work is expected to begin in September.

The contract to carry out the building work on the site, situated adjacent to the existing Sainsbury’s store between Leigh Brook Way and Atherleigh Way, is expected to be put out to tender soon.

Brookhouse Group property director Mike Nuttall said: “We have always enjoyed strong support from councillors and council officers which makes continuing to invest in Wigan and Leigh a priority for our group.

“We have been thrilled by the calibre of tenants that have been attracted to the site so far and we hope the next phase of development will be well under way by the end of 2014.”

Brookhouse said it was too soon to speculate which high street names might be moving into Leigh, but confirmed talks with potential tenants were already under way.

The new retail park has been designed by Cassidy & Ashton, a leading architectural and planning consultancy practice.

Cassidy and Ashton associate director Neil Dermott said: “The scheme has been designed to make maximum use of space available.”