Jigsaw Housing will partner on 42 affordable homes. Credit: via Umpf

Keepmoat secures 169-home consent in Wigan

Following its 2020 appointment as preferred regeneration partner in the area, the housebuilder has received planning permission for housing in Worsley Mesnes.

Keepmoat Homes has received the go-ahead to deliver the housing across four sites, known collectively as The Seasons, alongside new shops and green open spaces.

Of the new homes built, 42 will be made affordable in partnership with registered social housing provider, Jigsaw Housing.

The developer said that all the housing in the scheme, ranging from two to four bedrooms, will have enhanced insulation and energy-efficient designs.

The four sites to be redeveloped are:

  • The former Wheel pub and local shopping parade with adjacent parking area, and a number of council-owned block flats off Dryden Close
  • The site of Huxley House council flats and former site of Blake Close council flats
  • An area of land at Eliot Drive between the Eliot Gardens extra care scheme and Mesnes Avenue
  • The former Victoria Labour club, and area to the north.

An additional site on the former Hindley House sheltered accommodation will be developed into new retail units by Thistlewood Properties.

Gareth Roberts, regional managing director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “All of the homes at The Seasons will have energy-saving and environmentally friendly features and are intended to provide an increased choice of quality homes for residents, all alongside new retail units and green open spaces to promote green and healthy lifestyles.

“As a company, we place a strong emphasis on supporting and investing in the local community within which we work, and are driven to maximise local labour, employability and skills within the construction industry, creating apprenticeships and opportunities for young people to kickstart their career within the Wigan area.”

Cllr Susan Gambles, cabinet portfolio holder for housing said: “This redevelopment of Worsley Mesnes will breathe new life into the area and create new housing, including affordable homes, alongside shops and open space.

“Beyond the construction of the new homes, I am delighted that Keepmoat Homes has committed to working with local schools and community groups, and to provide jobs, apprenticeships and training programmes for local people.”

Construction at The Seasons is expected to take four years to complete.

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