Major new housing estate wins gong

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A NEW housing development which rose from the ashes of a former Wigan pit has received national honours for its pioneering sustainable design.

Eco-friendly Pennington Wharf, which when complete will contain 471 homes, is being built on the site of the defunct Bickershaw Colliery.

It this week landed a CEEQUAL award and Leigh MP Andy Burnham, Wigan Council members and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) joined builders Taylor Wimpey and new residents at a presentation in one of the new homes on the site.

The estate of high-quality, sustainable and spacious two, three and four-bedroom homes will emerge over next eight years, as well as a range of community buildings, a marina, café, community centre, office and plans for a family pub and shop. All of the new homes at the unprecedented development will meet strict Code for Sustainable Homes standards, which will lower their environmental footprints and reduce running costs for the homeowners.

The HCA has spent £18m carrying out large-scale remediation and infrastructure works, which created a platform for developers. The HCA then worked hard with its stakeholders to ensure a viable scheme was progressed through planning, with consent granted in November 2013.