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23 Sep 2022

Plans to create a healthy living and sustainable community at Mosley Common receive second stamp of approval

Plans to create a new community in Wigan with a mix of homes including affordable housing, parklands, a transport hub and 200 new jobs have been approved.

Wigan Borough Council has given its second green light to Peel L&P’s masterplan at Mosley Common to proceed.

Peel L&P hopes to create a healthy living and sustainable community at Mosley Common with neighbourhoods centred around woodlands, watercourses, moss land and a new transport hub to improve connectivity and active travel.

Homes will suit families, down-sizers, older people with later living needs and a quarter of the 1,100 new homes will be affordable housing.

The travel hub would be developed in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester to give residents easy access to the Leigh Guided Busway which runs through the scheme with commuter routes to Manchester and beyond. A new bus stop would be built too.

Space would be available in the travel hub for local retailers, community events and classes and a network of footpaths and cycleways would improve access to Walkden train station and the site’s overall links to key transport routes.

The development would also feature sports and play facilities and a new green corridor to bring ecological improvements to the area connecting people to nature and three new parks.

The public were invited to have their say on the masterplan back in March this year before it was approved by the council. In July Last month the decision was called in by the authority’s Scrutiny Committee to request more detail around transport, schools and local amenities.

Annabel Baker, Peel L&P’s Associate Director of Development Planning said: “Our masterplan is a framework for the future development of Mosley Common which has been earmarked for new homes as part of Greater Manchester’s Places for Everyone strategy.

“The Council’s renewed endorsement of the masterplan reflects the site’s status in this plan and the important contribution that it can make towards addressing Greater Manchester’s housing crisis, whilst providing better transport infrastructure and amenities for the local community.

“We’ve always said that more detail around the plans will be part of a later planning application and we look forward to undertaking further community consultation so we can work closely with local residents to help shape the detail of the final plans.

“We’re pleased to be able to move forward again with a scheme that represents a significant investment in Wigan.”  

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The latest decision was made public on 22 September 2022.