New Homes jobs Boost at colliery

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ONE OF the North West’s biggest land owners is developing a key Wigan housing site.

Trafford Centre owners The Peel Group has announced a strategic partnership with builders Barratt to bring forward new development for almost 200 homes on the former Blundell’s Pemberton Colliery land between Pemberton and Highfield.

The company has submitted detailed plans for old mining land which has already been extensively engineered to removed decades of dereliction after coaling operations at what was once one of Wigan’s biggest pits finally ceased opencasting operations in the early 1990s.

Peel has put detailed plans before Wigan councillors for eventual consideration of a residential element of the major mixed-use regeneration scheme for which they secured outline planning permission early last month.

Barratt Homes Manchester Division is proposing 195 primarily family homes in a range of two, three and four and five-bedroomed houses within a “pleasant, landscaped setting.”

Final land reclamation works - the site once had the biggest slag heap in the area – will be starting later this year, with the first new residents likely to be taking up occupation next summer.

It is expected that hundreds of badly-needed construction jobs will be created.

Director of Land and Planning at Peel Land and Property Louise Morrissey said: “We have worked hard jointly with our partner Barratt Homes to be able to submit these planning applications so soon after entering into our Framework Agreement. 

“The early delivery of this development will help to maintain the recovery of the house building industry and will provide much-needed employment opportunities and quality, new, family homes.”

Managing Director of Barratt Manchester Neil Goodwin said that they were pleased to have “progressed rapidly” to the detailed planning application stage on these two sites and we look forward to a constructive and positive dialogue with the Council, residents and all other interested parties and to achieving permission in early course. 

The first shallow mine at the site was opened by Col. Henry Blundell’s family toward the end of the 18th century.

But the large colliery complex recorded in so many industrial heritage photos grew up after 1865, when two 18 foot diameter shafts were sunk over 600 yards to the Orrell seams.

The last deep mine coal was finally wound in 1946.