Green light for Galleries revamp

Artist's impression of the Makinson Quarter
Artist's impression of the Makinson Quarter

A SIXTY-million-pound masterplan that could transform Wigan town centre and create 400 jobs has been given the go-ahead.

The privately-funded scheme to turn the Galleries shopping centre into a modern retail destination including space for a cinema, gym, restaurants and leisure complex has been approved by Wigan Council.

The plans also include re-establishing the town’s old street pattern and moving Wigan Market to Market Street, where it was originally located.

The application was approved by the council’s cross-party planning committee today (Tuesday, November 11).

The developers, Vale Retail, plan to rename the Galleries the Makinson Quarter and spend £60m on plans to revitalise a major part of Wigan town centre. Rather than be rebuilt, the shopping centre will be reconfigured and remodelled creating the larger retail units modern retailers require.

Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “I’m delighted councillors on the planning committee have agreed with our officers that this is a wonderful opportunity for Wigan and one not to be missed.”