MORE than £400,000 will be handed over to the community as a result of a new housing development in Lowton.

With 117 new homes being built at Oakwood Fields in Lowton, construction company Redrow has handed over the substantial fee to Wigan Council for the benefit of community projects.

More than £90k of the sum will go towards secondary school places in the Lowton East ward, while around £57,000 will go towards the new play space at Pennington Flash Country Park.

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Leigh Journal: Redrow are planning to build 117 new homes in the Oakwood Fields estateRedrow are planning to build 117 new homes in the Oakwood Fields estate (Image: Redrow)

Following the completion of the 25th house on the new estate, a further £10,000 has been paid towards the play area on Pond Street.

This means that almost 50 percent of the community contributions have been paid back to the council as part of the Redrow housing deal, with further contributions made to volunteer and community groups.

Located around Bainbridge Avenue and Hesketh Meadow Lane, Oakwood Fields is promised to offer a mix of three and four-bedroom homes from Redrow’s Heritage Collection.

The development is also expected to provide areas of open space and footpaths to connect residents to the open land to the north and east, as well as the playing fields to the south.

An existing watercourse will also be enhanced to create new wildlife habitats and provide an attractive landscaped feature running through the site, with a new footbridge being built as part of the footpath network.

Leigh Journal: An example of a home interiorAn example of a home interior (Image: Redrow)

Redrow Lancashire’s sales director Sian Pitt said: “While we are building homes in Lowton, we are also contributing towards local area improvements too through our S106 community contributions.

"We have also donated £3,000 in voluntary community contributions and helped local community groups such as a local allotments association and a charity that rescues and rehabilitates animals.

“Wherever Redrow builds, we always aim to help existing communities to thrive, as well as creating brand new communities in great locations.”

The remaining contributions are planned to be made once the 66th house completion takes place.