Wigan Council and Peel Land & Property are in the process of preparing a strategic outline planning application for a housing led masterplan, which will deliver up to 2,000 high quality family homes, employment, and new supporting community infrastructure with improved east west access, on land at South Hindley.
Where is the site?
The proposed development site is around 112 hectares in size and is located to the south of the existing town of Hindley, generally bounded by Low Hall Park and Liverpool Road to the west, residential properties to the north, Leigh Road to the east and a former railway line to the south.
During public consultation, a number of concerns were raised regarding the presence of asbestos contamination in some areas of the site. As part of the preparatory work for submission of an outline planning application in autumn, a number of ground investigations are required. In response to comments made at the previous consultation event, specialist contractors Arcadis have been appointed to carry out a number of intrusive investigations to establish the risks from potential historical asbestos impacts.
The exploratory ground investigation and sampling will not pose a safety hazard to the public. A full health and safety plan for the investigations has been completed and can be viewed below along with a residents briefing. Works will begin on the week commencing 28th August and will be completed over a two week period.
Design principles and vision
In accordance with the adopted local plan for Wigan, our vision for the site is to provide a high quality sustainable urban extension at South Hindley which provides new family homes and future opportunities for employment, creating a place for people to live, work and enjoy. The development will provide a strong landscape framework which incorporates existing site features, and will:
- Provide much needed new 'Homes' and job opportunities
- Deliver a new road through the site, to alleviate heavy traffic congestion through Hindley
- Provide new areas for sport and play
- Regenerate and improve Leyland Park and integrate the park with the development through new and inclusive access routes
- Be well connected with adjacent areas, including for walking and cycling, and opportunities to use public transport
- Provide good connections and accessibility to the countryside to the south and west as part of the wider Greenheart countryside park
- Provide attractive sustainable drainage features to protect against flooding, maintain and enhance wildlife habitats and provide natural green corridors between them
- Be of a high standard of design that is well integrated with its surroundings.
Before we finalise the outline planning application we consulted with the local community on our draft masterplan at a drop in public exhibition. The exhibition allowed interested parties to view proposals for the development of the site, ask questions and provide feedback, including ways to improve the proposals. You can view the full proposal from the exhibition below.
The consultation period ended on 18th November 2016.