Boundary Map Pemberton Colliery Site Peel L&P
The former Pemberton Colliery site has been disused since 1959

Peel’s Pemberton homes to progress

Outline plans for up to 268 houses at the former Pemberton Colliery site have been approved by Wigan Council, with agreement that 13% of the site will be allocated as affordable housing.

Peel L&P’s planning application for the brownfield site at Smithy Brook Road is set to provide a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes. The 29-acre site is bordered by the Kirkby to Wigan and Pemberton railway lines. The developer will also make a contribution to the M58 link road, part of which runs through the site.

More than seven acres of the site will be green including public open space, with maintained woodland habitat and pedestrian and cycle routes.

The scheme will now be taken forward by Peel L&P’s housebuilding division Northstone with a reserved matters application to follow later this year. Barton Willmore acts as planning consultant for Peel L&P.

Jonathan England, development director at Northstone, said: “This development helps Wigan to meet its short and long-term housing demand. Northstone will now bring these plans forward to create flexible, energy-efficient family homes.

“The evidence shows that it’s unlikely the former Pemberton Colliery site would be redeveloped for employment use.”

Although the colliery closed in 1959, the site remained allocated for employment use in the Local Plan. A report by Aherne Property Consultants argued that given this lengthy spell on the sidelines, the site clearly holds little appeal for industrial development.

Northstone is hoping to submit a reserved matters application by the end of summer, ahead of a hoped-for start on site in mid-2021.

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Who needs a joined-up street network anyway. Let’s just make people walk the long way round just to get to their neighbours. Terrible planning

By Anonymous

To be fair, most of the streets are joined up, with the exception of the north east corner. The layout could have more density and address the open space to the west better but I see a lot worse designs on here.

By Not from Wigan

Only 35 houses are affordable on this housing development.

By Darren born bred Salford

13% affordable? Another NW Council has just stood up to a developer that tried that and said no 30% is expected and essential, well done to them. Hope these wont be tiny like the Newtown homes down the road.

By Disappointed, from Wigan

The site hasn’t been disused since 1959. They open-casted the site in the 1980’s. These houses are being built on the massive slag heap that was created as a result.

By Anon

opportunity for a park and ride scheme missed?

By anon