Places for Everyone Plan

Nine councils in Greater Manchester, including Wigan Council, have now submitted the Places for Everyone Plan to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The plan was submitted on 14th February 2022 together with all the supporting documents, background evidence, and representations received during the final stage of public consultation, which took place from 9th August to 3rd October 2021. No modifications were considered necessary prior to submission, therefore the submission plan remains unchanged from the version of the plan published for consultation in August 2021.

Independent Inspectors will now be appointed to undertake an independent examination into the plan. The submission documents (external link) are available to view on the GMCA Places for Everyone webpages.

Places for Everyone is a long-term plan of the nine districts for jobs, new homes, and sustainable growth and will help meet the city-region’s needs up until 2037. 

A hard copy of the plan can be viewed at both Wigan Library and Leigh Library. 

In relation to Wigan Borough, the plan proposes the following four site allocations:

The plan also proposes 6 additions to the Green Belt in the borough.

Proposed site allocation: M6 Junction 25, Wigan

Land at M6 Junction 25 is proposed to be allocated for around 140,000 square metres of employment floorspace, as part of the Places for Everyone Plan.

Planning permission for employment development was granted on this site in July 2021. Delivery in accordance with this planning approval is not dependent on the site’s allocation in the Places for Everyone Plan.  Its allocation in the plan will remove the site from the Green Belt.

The proposed policy, site allocation boundary, and a Topic Paper providing an overview of the site and a summary of the evidence supporting its allocation are available below.

Proposed site allocation: North of Mosley Common

Land North of Mosley Common is proposed to be allocated for around 1,100 homes as part of the Places for Everyone Plan.

The development would be required to provide good quality road access into the site including from Mort Lane, Bridgewater Road and Silk Mill Street with choices of connection across the site. 

This site significantly benefits from the Leigh-Salford-Manchester Guided Busway which crosses the site providing direct and sustainable rapid public transport access to employment, leisure and retail services within Manchester City Centre and other places along its route.  The development would be required to provide an additional busway stop and/or provide improved pedestrian and cycling links to existing stops, and contribute effectively to increased passenger capacity on the busway as appropriate. 

The development will also be required to provide new community, health and education facilities on-site, or an equivalent financial contribution as appropriate, to meet additional demand generated by the new homes.

The proposed policy, site allocation boundary, indicative concept plan, and a Topic Paper providing an overview of the site and a summary of the evidence supporting its allocation are available below.

Proposed site allocation: Pocket Nook, Lowton

Land at Pocket Nook is proposed to be allocated for around 600 homes and 15,000 square metres of employment floorspace on land currently safeguarded for future development in the adopted development plan. The site is not within the Green Belt.   

The site would be principally served from a new junction on the A579 Atherleigh Way, close to its junction with the A580. The development would be required to deliver a new road from Atherleigh Way through the site to Newton Road and would need to bridge the proposed HS2 route, which runs north-south through the west of the site. This road would serve both new housing and employment development and would be able to accommodate bus services.

There is potential to enhance sustainable travel opportunities by foot, cycle and public transport in the Lowton and Golborne area for employment and other services in Leigh and the Regional Centre, consequently reducing car dependency in this area; and, with possible connections to Leigh Guided Busway services. It is also important that safe and convenient pedestrian access is provided to green spaces within and adjacent to the site.

The proposed policy, site allocation boundary, indicative concept plan, and a Topic Paper providing an overview of the site and a summary of the evidence supporting its allocation are available below.

Proposed site allocation: West of Gibfield

Land West of Gibfield is proposed to be allocated for around 500 homes and 45,500 square metres of employment floorspace as part of the Places for Everyone Plan.

The development will be required to make highway improvement measures at the junction of the A577 and Gibfield Park Way, extend Gibfield Park Way northwards and contribute effectively towards the provision of appropriate highway mitigation measures to provide enhanced access to/from the A6 and Junction 5 of the M61. This includes safeguarding land within the allocation so as not to jeopardise the potential future delivery of a strategic link road connecting Gibfield Park Way to the A6 and M61.

The employment development would be delivered in the south east of the allocation as a logical extension to the existing employment area at Gibfield Park. It is envisaged that this will consist predominantly of light industrial uses, with the potential of creating in the region of 500-1,000 new jobs.

The scheme would also provide a substantive accessible green corridor and country park on land to the west of the development, on land which would remain in the Green Belt, providing wildlife habitats and recreational space for existing and future residents to enjoy. The country park will help to offset ecological harm and enable the achievement of at least a 10% biodiversity net gain, as well as improving access from the site to Daisy Hill railway station by walking and cycling.

The proposed policy, site allocation boundary, indicative concept plan, and a Topic Paper providing an overview of the site and a summary of the evidence supporting its allocation are available below.

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