THE council would like to hear from as many local residents as possible on the future of our borough in its "planning for the future" consultation which has opened today.

This consultation will ask for people’s views on seven different themes: homes, jobs, town centres, transport, places, the environment, and people to help shape a refreshed Local Plan.


It also sets out some of the challenges the Wigan borough is facing- such as climate change, affordable housing availability and reducing inequality - and invites ideas and thoughts on how they can be addressed.

What the council is saying

In a statement Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for planning, environment and transport said: “This ‘planning for the future’ consultation is a great opportunity for you to have your say on what you think our borough should look like in 2040.

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“This includes an important range of topics from ensuring there are enough and the right types of homes, attracting businesses and jobs, ensuring our town centres thrive in a changing environment, public transport, culture and leisure opportunities, tackling climate change, protecting our environment, supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities and much more.”

This consultation is an early stage of the Local Plan process. Local Plans help manage and shape how the borough will develop over the next 15 to 20 years including the delivery of new homes, jobs, and infrastructure to support future communities including transport, schools and public open spaces, and more.

When does the consultation run until?

The consultation runs until Sunday,  December 11.

Cllr Prescott added: “I would really encourage everyone to visit the website to find out more and let us know your thoughts.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible as we plan for Wigan Borough’s future together.”

Residents can find out more, including details of when the Council’s team will be out and about in local communities, and have their say at

Anyone who is unable to access the survey online can find support in a local library, or can call 01942 489004 for assistance on weekdays 8am-6pm and Saturdays 8am-12:30pm.