New beginnings for buildings

The former Wiganer pub on Wigan Road in Hindley, which is scheduled for demolition and re-development as flats
The former Wiganer pub on Wigan Road in Hindley, which is scheduled for demolition and re-development as flats

TWO buildings situated on two of the borough’s busiest roads are to get a new lease of life.

Planning applications have been submitted to Wigan Council for the former Wiganer pub in Wigan Road, Hindley, and Brentwood, near to the Cherry gardens on Wigan Lane.

Grant Atkinson, representing Green Brick Developments Ltd of Northwich, has applied to change the use of the public house at the busy Hindley crossroads into three dwellings.

For many years the Wiganer was one of the most popular hostelries in the area but has fallen on hard times in recent times.

Brentwood, at the top of Leyland Mill Lane, used to be one of the most imposing houses in the area, but is now in a dilapidated state of repair after been left to rot and stripped bare by

scrapmen.

The property, which although in a conservation area is not listed, has lain empty for many years and repeatedly vandalised as developers clashed with local residents over a highly controversial scheme to turn it into a mental health charity’s

hostel.

The plan eventually collapsed following a protest campaign by the local community but various other projects have failed to get off the ground.

Now Keith Lowe of Pemberton-based Cuerden Developments, has put in another application to change its use to office accommodation with associated three storey extension incorporating basement, parking and landscaping.