Major estate plans are unveiled

Kirkless Ind Estate housing plan
Kirkless Ind Estate housing plan

OUTLINE plans to transform a Wigan industrial estate into a 300-strong housing development could be given the green light next month.

Council officers are now considering the bid to shut Kirkless Industrial Estate in New Springs after a public consultation period finished earlier this year.

Owner of the Cale Lane site Andrew Walker of J&A Walker Kirkless Limited hopes to gain the permission before selling the site to developers.

Coun Chris Ready, who represents New Springs, said businesses on the estate would be given support from the town hall should the application be granted.

He said: “It’s a positive that the proposal is moving on but there are still some concerns that will need addressing.

“It’s a big site and this is another step but more information is needed about access roads and the use of the bridge, for example.

“And one of my concerns is for the businesses who are still using the site and we will be working alongside them as much as we can with the economic development team at the council to help them to re-locate, should it come to that.

“But I think more people are happy with the plans than not.”

Neighbours to the estate have long complained about its environmental impact and the houses plan has received a positive response.

Owner Mr Walker has sought the outline planning permission so that the 25-acre site is a more attractive option for developers.

His company has owned the Cale Lane site since it was sold off by the Coal Board in the late 1980s.

Planning documents reveal the site will include a mix of two, three and four bedroom properties with a proportion of affordable housing among them.