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Modular homes at Wigan Pier in line for GMCA funding

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

A modular development at Wigan Pier is among three schemes set to receive a share of £6.5m from the Greater Manchester Housing Fund.

Three deals are due to be signed off at a meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on Friday.

Wigan Pier, being brought forward by Step Places on behalf of the council, is due to receive £1.1m to build eight modular townhouses.

The mixed-use regeneration of Wigan Pier has been a long-running project, and includes the eight townhouses, a food hall and event venues, given planning consent earlier this year.

The architect is Southgate Sarabia.

In Bolton, Hollins Homes at Hartley’s Farm is set to be awarded £3.1m for 38 houses and 18 apartments; 18 of the homes will be affordable.

Wiggett Homes is set to receive £2.1m for the development of 35 houses at Perseverance Farm. Wiggett has previously had three loans from the housing fund; two have been repaid and the third project is on site.

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Sounds like a good use of public funds £1.1m to build 8 modular homes. Is this really good value for money?

By BDay

@BDay – its a commercial loan, not a gift

By Tha'Knows

As a developer of modular Homes it does look a tad expensive.

By Graham Burrough

Do private developers such as Hollins Homes who are developing a greenfield site actually need funding????

By concerned

@Concerned – why put your own money at risk when you can do it with someone else’s ?

By Tha'Knows

Regarding previous comments. I would say its value for money with the amount of risk in the ground in the area. Presumably the £1.1 million is covering the regeneration of that whole derelict strip of land which is contaminated, un stable and has no adequate utility supplies. I have driven past today and piling is underway along with new utilities going on to site. A hell of a lot of material has been taken off also.

By Develop8