Plan for houses in Wigan has been resubmitted

The former Rose Variety Club
The former Rose Variety Club

Plans to build as many as 10 houses on the site of a social club have been resubmitted to the council after a hiccup involving an old mine shaft.

Documents sent to the town hall reveal plans to erect 10 homes, along with parking spaces, on the ground of the former Rose Variety Club, on Cale Lane, Aspull.

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Similar plans had been proposed earlier this year, but the application was withdrawn after the discovery of an old mine shaft on the site, above which some of the homes were due to be constructed.

The area of the mine shaft cap cannot be built upon, but can be used for car parking or garden space, hence why the scheme was redesigned and submitted as a new application.

The mix of terraced and semi-detached houses will have a minimum of one off-street parking space, with additional parking spaces for visitors. There will also be space for covered cycle storage and outdoor bin storage areas.

The design of the proposed properties will consist of red and brown rustic brick walls, with artstone detailing.

They will front on to Cale Lane, Ash Lane and Chapel Street, and have been designed to “respond to the local character in a more contemporary manner to enhance and bring vitality to the existing street scene.”

In the submitted documents, the developers said: “We believe the submitted plans demonstrate it is possible to create a high quality new dwelling which is both well considered and viable and can make a positive contribution to the local area.”

The plans, put forward by Lawrence Barrie Homes, have already seen the full demolition of the existing club house.

This work is now set to be followed by the erection of low-rise residential dwellings with private gardens and car parking.

Once used as a coal pit in the mid-19th century, the site has had many uses in its time, including residential housing up to the 1950s, before the labour club was built on the grounds.

Earlier this year, Coun Chris Ready, who represents Aspull, New Springs and Whelley, welcomed the plans but said there was an “urgent need for new infrastructure” in the area.

“Houses there will only boost the market and property prices,” he said.

“I think most people will be quite happy to get rid of the industrial sites and see the end of all that, although you will always get some people who don’t want developments.

“My biggest point is that developers are going to make a wad of money off this so they are going to have to put something back, whether it’s a GP practice, school places or whatever.”

“It’s time people in that area of New Springs got some facilities. We can have houses there but we need community facilities too.”

Full details of the planning application can be viewed by visiting wigan.gov.uk and using the reference code A/18/86458/MAJOR