Former Wigan cattle market site could provide space for dozens of affordable homes

Wigan's affordable rental property stock could get a major boost if a development bid on the site of a former cattle market is approved by planners.

Thursday, 16th August 2018, 9:45 am
Updated Thursday, 16th August 2018, 3:51 pm
The proposed development would deliver a 100 per cent affordable housing scheme

Housing association Adactus has submitted proposals to build 72 houses and one-bed flats on brownfield land off Field Street and Frog Lane, near Wigan town centre.

The vacant site “currently detracts from the appearance and character” of the nearby area and “reinforces negative perceptions”, according to application documents from development consultants PWA Planning.

The statement reads: “The proposed development would deliver a 100 per cent affordable housing scheme on previously developed land in a highly sustainable location.”

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The location was once the site of a cattle market but has in more recent years been used as a car park or a base for storage facilities.

If approved, the development would add to another scheme on Frog Lane, work having started on a 51-home estate on the site of the old recycling centre last year.

One potential stumbling block identified by developers is a portion of the plot had been previously earmarked for the once proposed Wigan Inner Relief Road.

But the application points out that another residential scheme has been granted permission within the last decade on the site and the that the old bypass plan was shelved in favour of the now complete Southgate scheme.

The council’s planning department has set a decision target date of November 7.