North Leigh Park Wigan

Countryside secures consent at 1,800-home North Leigh Park

The housebuilder will press on with the first 199 homes at the 178-acre site after receiving planning approval from Wigan Council.

Countryside’s consent for the opening phase of the project includes 87 affordable homes, to be delivered by Great Places Housing Group, with a further 112 properties for open market sale.

The wider site has outline consent for around 1,800 homes, a district centre, infrastructure, and green space. Work on the first homes is expected to start early next year.

As part of the project, Countryside will also invest approximately £1m in a section of the planned new link road between J26 of the M6 and J5 of the M61.

The site to the south east of Wigan is made up of 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.

Countryside acquired the site in a process run by CBRE in 2018. The site had been promoted by North Leigh Park Group, part of Guernsey-based Long Port Properties, but Long Port put the business into administration in December 2016.

Cllr David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council said: “North Leigh Park is a key brownfield site outlined in our local plan and regeneration strategy and without this development, there would be a lot of pressure put onto our greenbelt.

“It’s good news that this most recent planning application has been approved by committee members. Not only will it help us to meet housing demand over the next five years, but it will also provide local people with quality, affordable housing, which is another top priority for us.

“We will continue to work with Countryside to ensure that this development is one which suits local need and, just like on this occasion, any further applications will be decided in line with local and national planning policy.”

Lichfields advised countryside on its planning application.

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Could they first please finish our development at Hamilton Square in Atherton. The pulled off site in Dec 2018 and left us without completing the road, footpaths patchy street lighting. It is a disgrace that they can even start a new development without completing existing.

By andy keen

Please could you finish the developement in Hamilton Square Atherton before moving on to building new houses in Leigh. We have lived here 18 months and still have no finished roads or pathways.
I advise all prospective buyers to double check any information provided by the sales team as they gave me misleading information prior to sale.

By Helen Keen

Just to make further note to the previous comments. We too are residents at the site in Atherton. They have abandoned the site in a disgraceful state. No tarmac on the roads. No curbs. The “green space” has been left to rot brown and is overgrown. Lied to about the access points which leave us vulnerable. Beware. Disgusting.

By Tim Ashburn

I would not recommend Countryside properties to anyone. Our home is less than 18months old and has a list of things wrong with it. The development we are on is incomplete and in a very poor state despite Countryside contractors moving out in December 2018. They sold the houses, made their money and abandoned their customers. If you’re looking to buy with Countrysode in the North West, please come to Hamilton Square in Atherton first and see for yourself. Awful. We cannot wait to move out.

By R Cooke

Will there be more infrastructure in place once built? More doctors surgeries locally, dentists, schools, shops, better buses or even the metro?

By Jennifer Mooney

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