Eckersley Mill, DV, p GB Hospitality

The food hall will have space for 350 diners. Credit: DV8 Design

Wigan to approve 236 homes and Eckersley Mill food hall 

Plans for a neighbourhood just outside Lowton and a dining destination within Heaton Group’s Eckersley Mill complex are tipped to progress safely through planning next week.

Pocket Nook 

Pocket Nook, Morris Homes, p planning docs

The scheme will provide a portion of affordable homes. Credit: via planning documents

Developer: Morris Homes

Architect: Astle Planning and Design

Planner: Stantec

A mix of two-, three, and four-bedroom homes – 59 of which are to be delivered as affordable – are planned by Morris Homes on 33 acres on the outskirts of Lowton.

The site, located north of the East Lancs Road, is earmarked for redevelopment in Places for Everyone as part of a wider scheme of around 600 homes and 160,000 sq ft of industrial space.

As well as the homes, a new access junction along the A579 is proposed. However, this will be the subject of a separate application.

Morris Homes could pay in excess of £1.5m towards local infrastructure under a draft Section 106 agreement.

Planning reference: A/23/95513/MAJOR

Eckersley Mill food hall 

Mill Eckersley Mills , Heaton Group, p Viva PR

The food hall forms part of the Eckersley Mill masterplan. Credit: via Viva PR

Developer: The Heaton Group

Architect: DV8 Designs

Planner: Paul Butler Associates

Feast, a 15,000 sq ft leisure offering within The Heaton Group’s £200m Wigan regeneration project, has been tipped for consent next week.

The Eckersley Mill venue would feature six kitchens, a brewery, and two bars with capacity for 350 diners.

The project forms part of the first phase of Heaton Group’s redevelopment of the 17-acre former cotton mill complex.

As well as the food hall and brewery, Mill One will feature 80,000 sq ft of offices on its upper floors. including a new headquarters for Heaton Group.

Meanwhile, plans for 137 flats within another of the complex’s mill buildings were approved in June.

Planning reference: A/23/96090/FULL

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