IS this the first sign of a few green shoots appearing on the horizon of Wigan’s economy?
Work has started again on a housing development at Cranberry Lodge, Landgate, Bryn – and 90 per cent of those working on the site are local people.
The site of 50 apartments and one bungalow has not been worked on for the last 18 months when receivers took hold of the land as the recession took hold.
Property developers Oakgate Limited now own the site and say they began working again on the project last December.
Project manager Neville Morgan said: “We are currently in phase one of the project now where we are completing 18 two-bedroomed apartments.
“We were interested in taking over the site as we really liked the location.
“It’s perfect for commuters being so close to the motorway.
“We liked what had already been done and the way the apartments were designed.”
There will be 46 two-bedroomed apartments, four one-bedroomed apartments and one bungalow.
The first show flat is due to be completed around February 18.
A ‘106 agreement’ was attached to the conditions of the planning application, which means that once each phase of the site is completed, the local community will receive vital funds to improve and maintain the area.
Mr Morgan added: “We got so much positive feedback from people when they found out that the site was up and running again.
“The local people and Wigan Council have been very helpful to us in making sure this project goes ahead. With us taking over Cranberry Lodge, we have also created jobs for many local people. More than 90 per cent of the men on site are Wigan residents and are very highly-skilled craftsmen who are developing these apartments to a very high specification.”
Independent Councillor Gary Wilkes said: “I’m very pleased that the development has been bought by a developer who can see the site has a huge future in Bryn.
“This is a win-win situation for everyone as the development when completed will release monies for play and landscaping which will benefit those already living in the area as well as those who buy one of the units on the site.”