BUSINESS in Wigan received a boost after planners granted approval to a scheme to build five new units on waste land.
Coda Planning was given permission to construct the units on Manchester Road in Ince, close to Rose Bridge Business Park.
Work to clear the site has already begun, though the developers are unable to say how many jobs will be created as it is not yet known which firms will be moving into the finished buildings.
The scheme is a joint project between Sheffield architecture company Coda Studios and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
Coda Planning director Adam Murray said: “This project should create employment opportunities and kick start development in an area of limited opportunity.
“Having received planning approval for the scheme we are delighted there has already been a huge amount of interest.”
The outcome of another planning application in the area, to build 325 houses with open space and landscaping at Wigan Enterprise Park on Seaman Way, will be decided at a public inquiry in the spring.
Wigan Council planning committee said it would have been minded to refuse the application by St Modwen, although the decision will now be made by the Planning Inspectorate.
Councillors expressed the hope the Amberswood link road and an improving economy would make the site more attractive to businesses, while officers said it was a Prime Employment Area.
The committee was told the borough has a shortfall of around 40 hectares of employment land in meeting its Core Strategy target. However, St Modwen said the site has no future for employment use.