Landfill plan for more new schools

House plans
House plans

NEW home and school developments could replace disused landfill sites in Wigan.

Council chiefs have confirmed that plans to boost the town’s housing supply could be drawn up on historic landfill areas.

And the proposal could provide answers to the problem of a shortage of available land in the borough.

Steve Normington, director of economy at Wigan Council, said: “Due to the borough’s industrial past, a few local development sites are likely to include land that at one point may have been used for landfill.

“Any development proposals would have to include a thorough remediation of such areas. This is common practice in the development of brownfield sites.

“It’s slightly more complicated if there is a history of household waste landfill but this is not the case in the current development proposals.”

Developments in the borough which have already been built on old landfill sites in the past include Wigan Athletic’s home, the DW Statium.

Population in the North West is among the fastest growing in the country.

Council officials will explore whether the borough’s landfill sites could be cleaned up to extract metals, methane gas and recycables.

This would leave it ready to be sold on.