Tulach Northstone Pemberton
The 29-acre scheme has been branded as Tulach. Credit: Northstone

Northstone breaks ground at Pemberton Colliery

Neil Tague

Work has begun at the 268-home Wigan project, the fourth development undertaken by Peel L&P’s housebuilding arm.

Wigan Council gave the project reserved matters approval in November, detailed plans having been lodged this summer after outline approval in late 2020.

Groundworks contractor Eurogold is now on site carrying out land preparation works ahead of the build project, which has been enabled by a £10.8m loan from the Greater Manchester Housing Investments Loan Fund, secured in September.

To be known as Tulach, the Pemberton development comprises 29 acres and will include houses for private sale and shared ownership.

The scheme will include a central village green while the overall project also involves a link connecting Billinge Road to Smithy Brook roundabout, part of the wider M58 link road development scheme.

Craig Nutter, operations director at Northstone, said that energy efficiency is central to its project: “This includes everything from smart home technology that automatically turns lights off to triple-glazed windows that keep heat in – it’s about creating the conditions for people to make sustainable choices long after they move in.”

Although mining operations ceased in 1959, the site had still been allocated for employment use until the Northstone team won the council round to the site’s lack of potential for modern industrial use.

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