RESIDENTS are being asked for their views on two new housing developments in the town centre.

A public consultation will discuss redeveloping the existing Wharfdale site on Henry Street in Leigh along with the car park on Brown Street South and Queen Street.

The car park is known as the Railway Arches car park.

The Wharfdale site is already being used as a sheltered housing scheme but the local authority say the facility is not fit for purpose and almost all residents have been rehomed.

The plans propose to demolish the building, making way for a larger, more modern housing scheme for older people with care and support needs.

The Railway Arches car park is also currently in use but the council proposes to relocate spaces to another existing site in Leigh town centre.

It is then proposed the car park would be redeveloped into general needs apartments.

Wigan Council leader and cabinet member for economy and regeneration, Cllr David Molyneux, said: “We are always looking at a range of sites to regenerate, with the prospect of development across the borough.

"It is important that we consult with the local community in the initial stages of a project in order to ensure that any new housing best meets the needs of the community in which it is to be built.

“We want to engage with residents direct, so they can meet our officers and architects. "This allows us to collate comments and ideas that could help shape the development.

“It is important to reiterate that any development would be subject to the normal planning application criteria and consultation, meaning these proposals are in the very early stages.”

The drop-in session will be held on Thursday, July 4, from 4pm to 7pm, in the communal lounge at Wharfdale on Henry Street.

It will give people the chance to have their say and find out more information about the plans.

Cllr Molyneux said: “Providing high-quality housing for all of our residents is a key priority for the council. These developments are brilliant at tackling social isolation and can be hubs for the whole community.”

Although the drop-in session is a one-off event, those unable to attend can contact the council for information by emailing

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