Go-ahead granted for 507-home scheme in Leigh

Proposals for the site

Housing developer Countryside has secured planning approval for two applications relating to its redevelopment of North Leigh Park in Leigh, Wigan.

Permission was granted last night (January 19) for a total of 507 dwellings on what is referred to as Phase 1B.

In addition to the residential element it also includes the new link road – between Leigh Road to Atherton Way – and an agreed location identified for the new district centre.

The first application to be granted approval was a hybrid scheme, consisting of a full application for 250 new homes and the link road and an outline application for the local centre.

This was required as the link road alignment has changed since the details submitted under the original outline permission and the local centre has also been relocated.

The development will comprise a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, including 59 affordable homes of which 19 will be shared ownership and 40 will be available through affordable rent.

The second approval was a reserved matters application for 257 houses with both developments being accessed via Leigh Road to the west and Westleigh Lane to the east.

Gordon Innes, managing director, Partnerships Manchester and Cheshire East, Countryside, said: “We are shaping a new community on this brownfield site and we want to create a well designed and cohesive neighbourhood for generations to come.

“The approval of these two applications is another major milestone in delivering this ambitious project and we are delighted with the outcome.”

The site extends to around 77ha and will see about 1,800 homes being built over a 10-year period. Countryside is already under way with the construction of Phase 1A – 199 new homes, which it received planning for in September 2019.