Mulbury Homes has submitted plans to build an older person’s village on the site of the former Hilton Park stadium in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
The specialist affordable housing developer will build a mix of bungalows and apartments on the 5.5-acre vacant site, which was once home to rugby league team Leigh Centurions and Leigh Genesis Football Club.
The development at Hilton Park will see the construction of 28 bungalows, a 97-unit extra care apartment block and a smaller 12-unit apartment block. All the properties will be aimed at those over the age of 55.
The plot has been vacant since the stadium was demolished in 2009 following the Leigh Centurions’ move to Leigh Sports Village, a purpose-built mixed-use sports facility.
Under the proposals, access to the village will be via a road running off Chadwick Street and the bungalows will be positioned around two cul-de-sacs.
The bungalows all have parking spaces and rear gardens while the extra care apartments will benefit from two large gardens and a range of community facilities including an open-plan lounge on the ground floor and a public café next to the building entrance.
Local residents have been invited to find out more about the plans and voice any concerns at a public consultation event being held from 4pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 5 August at Leigh Town Hall.
Claire Morris, head of Mulbury Homes’ care division, said: “Through our discussions with the local authority a clear need for this type of housing was identified and this development will significantly boost the provision of high-quality homes for older people in this area of Greater Manchester. It will put this vacant area of land to good use once again for the benefit of those will live there and those who are already living in the area.
“Our aim with this scheme is to create a real community feel and an environment where older people can maintain their independence by having their own front door, but with the peace of mind that access to care facilities is available.”