THE first phase of a 1,800 housing development has been given the green light this afternoon, Tuesday.

Homebuilder Countryside secured approval to build 199 homes at North Leigh Park in Leigh at Wigan Council's planning committee meeting.

The reserved matters application that was granted for the development, Lindley Village, will have 87 homes available for affordable housing and the rest will be for open sale.

North Leigh Park also includes proposals for a new district centre, infrastructure and the retention of green open space across the 135-acre site over a 10-year period.

Countryside is working with Wigan Council to progress wider plans for the new site, including land remediation and to provide part of the link road between the M6 and M61 - between Leigh Road and Atherleigh Way.

Chief executive of Countryside Partnerships North, Ian Kelley, said “North Leigh Park is the largest strategic housing site in the North West.

"Since we purchased the land in 2018 we have been working very closely with Wigan Council and our development partners to realise its full potential and to create our partnership strategy to deliver high quality and affordable new housing for the borough.

“Receiving planning permission for the development’s first phase is an important and exciting step in our ambition to transform North Leigh Park to create Lindley Village, a brand new neighbourhood for the people of Wigan.”

Leigh Journal:

A CGI image of Lindley Village

Wigan Council leader, Cllr David Molyneux, said: “North Leigh Park is a key brownfield site outlined in our local plan and regeneration strategy and without this development, there would be a lot of pressure put onto our greenbelt.

“It’s good news that this most recent planning application has been approved by committee members.

"Not only will it help us to meet housing demand over the next five years, but it will also provide local people with quality, affordable housing, which is another top priority for us.

“We will continue to work with Countryside to ensure that this development is one which suits local need and, just like on this occasion, any further applications will be decided in line with local and national planning policy.”

Leigh Journal:

A CGI image of Lindley Village

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Director of development at Great Places Housing Group, Helen Spencer, said: “Great Places is proud of its ongoing partnership with Countryside to develop great homes that address local needs and create great communities.

"We welcome the announcement that planning has been approved for Lindley Village that will offer much-needed affordable homes in Leigh.”