Poundland site handed planning approval

Artist's impression of the Poundland site
Artist's impression of the Poundland site

A POUNDLAND distribution centre set to provide a major jobs boost to Wigan’s economy has been given a green light.

Planning officers have approved the proposal for the vast unit on the South Lancs Industrial Estate off Lockett Road in Bryn.

Council bosses hailed the plans as showing the borough as “a major player” in the Northern Powerhouse.

Although a community group had expressed concerns about how the site - which will create 800 jobs - could impact on traffic and congestion problems.

In the decision report, council officers have asked for a travel plan for “measures to reduce the need to travel to and from the site by private transport” as one of various conditions of approval.

The report adds: “It is proposed the site would be in operation 24 hours a day. This is considered to be acceptable given that the closest residential properties are located on Bryn Road and this is a considerable distance from the site.”

The speed in which the decision has been reached has raised eyebrows with the Bryn Against Development campaign group.

A statement reacting to the approval said: “It seems to have been authorised in a very rushed manner suggesting that little thought will have been given to the traffic issues which will be created by such a building.

“The traffic levels assumed for this development in its traffic report are completley unrealistic and under-estimated. 28 vehicles a day is clearly a ridiculous under-estimate.

“The council claim that traffic from the Poundland development has been taken into account in the traffic assessment for the proposed Landgate development traffic flows, but clearly wrong traffic levels have been generated and used.

“For example, where are the 400 staff vehicles in addition to meagre (28) goods traffic?

“The traffic assessment presented has no assessment on the impact on the Nicol Mere junction either.”

Announcing the development last month, deputy leader of the council Coun David Molyneux said: “This will be the largest single employment creating application that we have dealt with since the authority was formed in 1974 and will rank alongside Heinz coming to Wigan in the 50s.”