Social homes for Wigan hope

Land at Severn Drive, Norley Hall, next to St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School, including a car park used by pupils' parents, which is earmarked for housing
Land at Severn Drive, Norley Hall, next to St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School, including a car park used by pupils' parents, which is earmarked for housing
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MUCH-needed new low-rent social housing could be built in Wigan.

The Council, Great Places Housing Group, and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), are consulting on building 32 properties near St Cuthbert’s Primary School, in Severn Drive, Norley.

The development will bring back into use vacant council-owned land – comprising the former Robert Lewis Nursery, a car park and waste land – to provide homes for affordable rent to families listed on the Council’s housing register.

If the project goes ahead, families could be living in the properties, which will consist of a mixture of two, three and four-bedroomed houses, as early as spring 2014. The first community consultations on design have already taken place and a planning application will be submitted in September.

If accepted, work will start on site next spring and will be funded by all three agencies,

Stephen Porter, chief executive of Great Places, said: “We received really positive feedback from the consultation and are keen to get started on providing much-need family homes in the area.”

Coun Chris Ready, Wigan Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for housing, said: “We’re delighted by the positive response of local residents in Norley Hall to news of the proposed affordable housing planned for the area.

“We’re working closely with Great Places to ensure that the development meets the needs of local residents.

“Together we carried out a consultation event earlier this week with residents who told us they were pleased to see this stretch of council-owned land being put to such beneficial use.

“This will form part of a wider programme to deliver 140 homes across the borough by 2015 funded by the HCA.”