A public consultation has been launched over plans to create up to 70 new homes on the eyesore site of Wigan’s old cattle market.
The development of what are described as “high-quality affordable homes” is planned for a derelict parcel of brownfield land at Field Street and Hey Street off Frog Lane.
The site has lain empty since the 1970s and appears on the recently published Wigan Council register of land ripe for redevelopment which avoids using green belt.
It is a stone’s throw from another housing estate currently emerging on the footprint of the former Frog Lane tip. Inbetween these two plots, though, remains the yet-to-be-redeveloped
Regent Truck land which has ground contamination issues.
Town planning consultancy PWA Planning has been appointed by affordable housing provider Jigsaw Homes and developer Stanley Investments to advise on a planning application for the development.
And PWA is coordinating a consultation which will help inform the final lay-out and design of the scheme ahead of the formal application.
Director Paul Walton said: “This development will vastly improve the appearance of the area, transforming a site that has become an eyesore for residents and local businesses.
“This is a sustainable brownfield site that will bring much-needed affordable homes to the area. We look forward to working with Jigsaw Homes and Stanley Developments to submit a planning application in the near future.”
Katie Marshall, group director of development at Jigsaw Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with PWA Planning and Stanley Investments on plans for this development. Our aim is to provide much-needed quality affordable homes for Wigan, while at the same time help regenerate the local area by revitalising a derelict piece of land. We will consult closely with the community and other local stakeholders to bring this valuable development to fruition.”
Chris Curtis, of Stanley Investments, said: “We’re proud to be leading the development of this site with our partners, delivering a vibrant new residential environment and a high-quality sustainable outcome for the local community.”
The aim is to provide a mix of semi-detached and terraced homes and apartments with dedicated parking for all plus landscaping.
Local residents and other interested parties can have their say via a dedicated contact form on the PWA Planning website at www.pwaplanning.co.uk/fieldstreet.