Countryside moves Leigh housing forward

Housebuilder Countryside is to submit a fresh planning application before year end ahead of a £20m remediation scheme north of Leigh, where it this month completed a deal to buy 178 acres.

Countryside hopes to start on a £20m land remediation programme next summer ahead of starting a phased development programme. The land, off Nel Pan Lane, was sold with outline consent for 1,800 homes by CBRE on behalf of part of a Guernsey-based group.

Countryside said it is working with Wigan Council to set out a plan to deliver around 1,700 new homes in phases, along with a district centre, infrastructure and the retention of green open space over a 10-year period.

The firm will also invest approximately £10m in a section of the planned new link road between junction 26 of the M6 and junction 5 of the M61.

Countryside’s consultants are currently preparing reports to support its planning application, which includes the review of the site’s existing outline planning consent for the development of new homes

John Grealis, regional operations director of Countryside, said: “It is rare that a piece of land of this size comes to market but it fits perfectly with our business’s partnership approach with local authorities. We have a proven track record in placemaking by creating high quality, design-led homes that will be available to those looking to rent or buy.

“We invest heavily in creating distinct neighbourhoods that go beyond housebuilding, neighbourhoods that are well connected, served by local amenities and that are complemented by extensive landscaping, mature trees and green open spaces.”

David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council, said: “The North Leigh site is a key strategic site which brings a wealth of opportunities and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Countryside. It will see brownfield land transformed into a vibrant place for people to live and visit by creating new homes with amenities to benefit everyone.”

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