Countryside picks up North Leigh project
Acting on behalf of North Leigh Park Group, CBRE has sold a 178-acre site in North Leigh with outline consent for 1,800 homes to housebuilder Countryside.
The site, to the south east of Wigan, comprises mostly vacant land and is bordered by two main roads, the A577 to the north and A578 to the west with Westleigh High School to the south east of the site.
CBRE announced its appointment to market the scheme in February this year. The scheme had previously been promoted by North Leigh Park Group, part of Guernsey-based Long Port Properties, but Long Port put the business, along with several other subsidiaries, into administration with Deloitte in December 2016.
Earlier in 2016, detailed consent had been secured for a 162-home first phase off Nel Pan Lane.
Along with the homes, the £310m scheme as a whole has outline consent for up to 18 acres of employment land, retail, and around 44 acres of strategic green infrastructure.
Residential is the main sell, though, with the development able to link in to existing facilities offered in Leigh, Hindley Green, Atherleigh and Wigan. The indicative masterplan provides for a mix of apartments, terraced, semi-detached and detached housing to meet local demand and affordability.
Steven Verity, senior director in CBRE’s Manchester development team, said: “The site presented a strong opportunity for Countryside to deliver a new, sustainable community which when complete will inevitably contribute to the borough’s housing needs and wider employment and economic aspirations.”