We're developing a long term project to improve the Worsley Mesnes estate and work with local people to deliver on the changes they have asked for.
The views of residents and other groups and organisations within the local community forms a vital part of this regeneration project and have helped shape the regeneration proposals.
Almost 95 per cent of residents who took part in our consultation supported the proposals, which included the demolition of five sites to make space for new housing, retail and landscaping improvements.
In September 2018, we were given permission to redevelop five sites across the estate. These sites are:
- Site A: Site of the former Hindley House Sheltered Accommodation (already demolished)
- Site B: The site of the former Wheel Pub, the shopping parade, adjoining parking areas and a number of Council owned block flats off Dryden Close.
- Site C: The site of Huxley House Council flats and former site of Blake Close Council flats (demolished)
- Site D: Area of open land at Elliot Drive between Eliot Gardens extra care scheme and Mesnes Avenue
- Site E: Site of former Victoria Labour club, and area of open land to the north.
View a plan of the sites.
Plans to breathe new life into Worsley Mesnes are now underway. In June 2020 we announced that the selected development partner to regenerate the area was Keepmoat Homes.
Keepmoat Homes is a housing developer specialising in regeneration and have a base in Wigan Borough. We rated their plans for the sites highly and were impressed with the commitments they have made to the area beyond the construction of the new homes.
Their proposals include plans for a range of homes for sale, affordable homes and a new shopping parade. Keepmoat Homes will also work with local schools and community groups and will provide jobs, including apprenticeship and training programmes, for local people.
Demolition on the estate
Demolition of the vacant council owned residential blocks has been completed by Armac Demolition over the summer of 2020. This included the demolition of flats at Dryden Close, Huxley Place and Housely Close.
This first phase of demolition did not include the shops and former community centre, which are planned to be demolished once new retail premises are constructed.
A planning application for the five site has now been submitted by Keepmoat Homes and is currently being assessed by Council planning officers. It is expected that a decision will be made in March / April 2022, and if approved, Keepmoat hope to start building the new properties in late 2022. The reference for the planning application is A/21/93043/MAJOR.
Keepmoat Homes are hosting a website for the new retail and housing proposals where you can view the plans, make comments on the proposals as well as find out about the other work Keepmoat will be undertaking in and around Worsley Menes. Have your say on Keepmoat Homes (external link).