A pit of good news for borough

The former Pemberton Colliery site looking towards Highfield from the bottom end near Warrington Road towards Foundry lane
The former Pemberton Colliery site looking towards Highfield from the bottom end near Warrington Road towards Foundry lane
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A NEW hotel, homes, shops and business units are set to transform the site of a former Wigan pit and bring a jobs bonanza.

Peel Investments (North) wants to build on the Pemberton Colliery site, near Foundry Lane and Smithy Brook Road in Winstanley.

The move comes after an application to Wigan Council’s planning committee in 2009 was approved subject to a legal agreement – but never acted upon. That agreement is now back on the table for approval.

The plan would see 250 houses and apartments, neighbourhood shops, business units and a hotel being built on the 15-acre site.

Access to the development would be from Little Lane, with further access from Foundry Lane.

Philip Rothwell, senior development planning manager at Peel, said: “We are hoping to get things finalised in the next three or four weeks and start building work this year.

“Residents views were considered by the planning committee at the time of the initial application. Some were supportive and some against.”

But some residents are confused about the plan, after they heard nothing since the original consultation, more than two years ago.

Paul Thomas, 56, who has lived in Foundry Lane for seven years, said: “The only information we had was a leaflet about three years ago saying Peel wanted to build houses and we had some meetings, but nothing since.

“I am not against the new houses, as something has to be done with that land, but if they do build them, they would block my view.

“My other issue is traffic. It is hard to get out of the T-junction at Foundry Lane in the mornings. When they build more houses, there will be more traffic.”

But other residents are not so worried about the scheme,

Albert Bradshaw, 65, said over the 23 years he has lived in Foundry Lane, there have been many proposals to develop on the land.

He said: “I don’t believe it will go ahead. When I first moved here, there were plans to build a road through Foundry Lane, which would go through my front garden.

“I keep seeing developers on the land but nothing ever happens.”