PLANS for two new drive-thrus and business units at Hindley Green Business Park have re-emerged – just over two weeks after being withdrawn.

Eden Asset Management have amended their plans for a drive-thru coffee shop and drive-thru restaurant to include 17 business units rather than the original 18. 

The original Leigh Road proposal raised numerous objections submitted through the planning portal by members of the public and the Hindley Green councillor John Vickers. They said the area already had too much traffic because of the business park and this proposal would lead to litter, vandalism and increase obesity issues.

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Nippon Electric Glass Fibre UK is based at the site and has HGVs coming and going – something Coun Vickers said is ‘causing significant disruption’. Leigh Road connects Leigh and Hindley and is well used by residents in the area.

“The location of the site in the application has historically been used in the processing of asbestos,” he wrote in the planning portal online. “Part of the buildings have already been demolished, yet there appears to be no asbestos survey in the documents online.

“Before any decision is made an invasive asbestos survey known as an Asbestos Refurbishment or Demolition Survey should be undertaken to ensure that suitable and sufficient assessment has been made for the proposed demolition/development.”

This development, almost identical to their last plan that was withdrawn, would create a potential 40 jobs in the drive-thrus and ‘promote consumer choice and provide a roadside service’, according to the applicants. The plans also include 143 car parking spaces, 34 of which would be disability spaces, and 22 electric car charging points.

A planning statement said: “The scheme will clearly deliver beneficial sustainable development that should be granted planning permission and it will not result in any adverse impacts that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of its approval.”

The proposals will need to be considered by Wigan Council – no decision has been made.