Planning approval for 169 homes as part of Wigan regeneration

Worsley Mesnes

Wigan Council has approved a planning submission for 169 energy-efficient houses, to be built by Keepmoat Homes.

The scheme, at Worsley Mesnes, is part of regeneration plans for the area, including four sites, known collectively as The Seasons, alongside new shops and green open spaces.

Of the new homes, 42 will be affordable in partnership with registered social housing provider, Jigsaw Housing, and the range of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses will have enhanced insulation as well as energy-efficient designs for a lifetime of low energy bills.

Wigan Council has been working closely with Keepmoat to bring in new investment, housing, and improvements to the area.

In addition to the new housing developments, Keepmoat has committed to delivering a range of initiatives that will support the local community and residents of Worsley Mesnes, including employing local contractors, creating a programme of apprenticeships and pre-employability training programmes on the sites, as well as supporting the local community and charity groups.

The four sites which will be redeveloped include:

  • The former Wheel Pub, shopping parade, adjoining parking area, and a number of council-owned block flats off Dryden Close
  • The site of Huxley House council flats and former site of Blake Close council flats
  • The area of land at Eliot Drive between Eliot Gardens extra care scheme and Mesnes Avenue
  • The former Victoria Labour Club, an area of land to the north

An additional site on the former Hindley House Sheltered Accommodation will be developed into new retail units which will be delivered by Thistlewood Properties.

Gareth Roberts, regional managing director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “We’re thrilled to have received approval to progress with our plans and deliver much-needed housing in Worsley Mesnes. We are looking forward to working closely with Wigan Council to regenerate the area and create an integrated community through high quality design and placemaking.”

Cllr Susan Gambles, cabinet portfolio holder for housing, said: “This redevelopment of Worsley Mesnes will breathe new life into the area, and create new housing, including affordable homes, alongside shops and open space.

“Beyond the construction of the new homes, I am delighted that Keepmoat Homes has committed to working with local schools and community groups, and to provide jobs, apprenticeships and training programmes for local people.”

Construction at The Seasons is expected to take four years to complete.