Eyesore to be rebuilt

Borsdane Precinct
Borsdane Precinct

ONE of Wigan’s biggest eyesores is to be torn down and rebuilt.

Clowes Developments is planning a massive transformation of the Borsdane Retail Precinct in Hindley.

The precinct, which has suffered from low occupancy rates and vandalism in recent years, with just one of its six units occupied, is to be pulled down in phases.

It will be replaced by a new parade of five retail units, and a new estate containing 24 houses.

Plans have already been submitted for the scheme by planning consultants Paul Butler & Associates.

The scheme’s existing tenant – Preston-based Spar franchise James Hall & Co – will continue to trade from its existing unit until the new parade of shops is built. It will then take the anchor unit within the new shopping area, to allow for the demolition of the remainder of the precinct.

Hitchcock Wright has been appointed as retail agents for the site, and partner John Barker has said that he expects a lot of interest in the units.

He said: “This is one of the biggest estates to the north of Wigan. We looked at the existing scheme and that’s in desperate need of demolition, it can’t be re-used.

“The site will be demolished in two phases, with the part closest to the swimming baths to be demolished first. The new build will go on there, with the Spar and Ladbrokes next to that.”

Although some slots have been filled, including one containing a new dispensing chemist, there are still various units yet to be sold, and Mr Barker confirmed that there is interest and options are under consideration.

He added: “Once that scheme has been built, phase two can begin at the upper part of the site.

“We’re hoping the demolition will start in May this year, that will be followed by construction work and will hopefully be completed by Spring 2013.”

The firm also said that it was looking “for bigger and better sites” across the north of England, as the Preston-based retailer responds to the move by supermarkets into its core convenience sector.