Cabinet to rule on homes plan at former Wigan school playing field

The new build housing scheme will be on the old Pemberton Primary School's playing field

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:15 am

Wigan Council’s ruling cabinet is to consider a homes project at a former school playing field.

Councillors will be asked for their approval for the new build housing scheme on the site at the former Pemberton Primary School’s playing field, off Meadowvale Drive.

A budget for the scheme and the appointment of a contractor for the construction of the homes will also be decided.

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The site in Pemberton

Up to 25 affordable homes would be built at the school site alongside “supported living” accommodation with nine en-suite bedrooms for adults with learning disabilities and physical impairments.

The school closed in August 2005 and has already been developed for housing, but the playing field area is currently disused and overgrown.

The authority has submitted a planning application for the site and they would own and manage the affordable housing and supported living scheme.

In a statement submitted on behalf of the council, Pozzoni Architecture said: “The site is currently unused and under-utilised and the proposal represents an excellent opportunity to deliver much needed residential accommodation in this part of Wigan.

“The scheme will provide a wide range of benefits including the provision of affordable housing and supported living. The scheme will also provide short term employment for the construction works.”

A combination of bungalows, detached, semi-detached and terraced houses ranging from one to four bedrooms, make up the affordable housing proposed. The properties would each have their own parking space within the plot, including individual electric charging points and a private back garden with a patio.

And the supported living bungalow for young adults with autism would have a communal living room with a landscaped garden and dedicated parking. The cabinet will meet on Thursday (April 15)).

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