Centurions’ former home could become village for older people

Location of the former Hilton Park, off Chadwick Street, Leigh - Mulbury Homes has submitted a planning application to transform Leigh Centurions' former home ground to village for older people with a three-storey apartment block.
Location of the former Hilton Park, off Chadwick Street, Leigh - Mulbury Homes has submitted a planning application to transform Leigh Centurions' former home ground to village for older people with a three-storey apartment block.

PLANS to transform the site of one of rugby league’s most famous venues into a village for older residents have been submitted.

Mulbury Homes has asked Wigan Council for planning permission to transform the Hilton Park rugby ground, the former home of Leigh Centurions, into 149 apartments and bungalows.

The site would consist of a three-storey building containing 97 one and two-bedroom apartments for residents requiring extra care, 12 apartments for older people with general needs, a further dozen apartments and 28 bungalows.

If approved the village will also be next to the new £40m Atherleigh Park development of a mental health facility and accommodation for people with dementia being developed on the former Leigh East rugby league ground by the 5 Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust.

Mulbury Homes says it hopes to begin construction next year if planning approval is secured and expects building the village to take around 18 months.

In its report Mulbury Homes state: “The application provides the opportunity to redevelop a prominent site on a major thoroughfare in Leigh.

“The site has been vacant for six years. The development of the site for an older persons’ village in close proximity to key services and facilities represents an ideal opportunity to bring the site back into use.”

Leigh played at Hilton Park between 1947 and 2008 before relocating to the Sports Village.