DB Symmetry intends to build out up to 1.44m sq ft of logistics space at a former colliery site close to junction 25 of the M6, and will hold public sessions this month ahead of a planning application.
The land is south of Winstanley, and would be accessed from a new roundabout on the A49 Warrington Road. DB Symmetry said that the scheme could deliver up to 1,650 jobs for Wigan, adding that a recently published employment land position statement highlighted a shortage of employment sites in the borough.
Andrew Dickman, managing director of the developer, said: “These are exciting times for Wigan, with the advent of HS2 and the council’s ambitious plans to grow the local economy and revitalise the town centre.
“New employment sites like Symmetry Park Wigan will mean that the town gets its share of Greater Manchester’s economic growth and can provide jobs for people closer to home.
“We have chosen this site due to its direct access to the M6, meaning logistics vehicles do not need to pass through residential areas. It could provide high quality jobs and apprenticeships for people across Wigan which will create lasting benefits for the local economy.”
The site is currently agricultural land and although classed as Green Belt, is identified in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework as part of a proposed employment site allocation.
DB Symmetry said that a “substantial” green buffer to the north of the site provides a natural barrier with residential areas, while extensive landscaping would screen the development. New rights of way around the site would be implemented to maintain recreational routes.
The developer said that if built out in full, the project would represent a construction investment of £73m into Wigan and add £3m a year in business rates payments towards the council’s income.
Two drop-in consultation events will be held in May: on Thursday 24 May between 4pm and 8pm at St Aidan’s Parish Centre, and on Friday 25 May between 5.30pm and 8pm at Deanery High School.
A planning application is expected to be lodged this summer, with a decision from Wigan Council likely before the end of the year.