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02 Oct 2020

Residents invited to have their say on plans for new family homes in Wigan

Northern-based homebuilder Northstone is inviting the public to provide feedback on its proposals for up to 268 new homes at the former Pemberton Colliery site off Smithy Brook Road, Wigan.

Wigan Council previously unanimously approved an outline planning application for residential development at the former Pemberton Colliery site and Northstone, part of Peel L&P, is now preparing to submit a reserved matters application, which will address the design, layout and scale of the development.

The plans will include a mix of house types and sizes to suit the needs and requirements of local people, including first time buyers, families and those looking to downsize.

The proposals for the former Pemberton Colliery site will deliver thoughtfully designed, modern homes. Each home will be equipped with increased insulation and smart energy-saving technology to help residents save money on their fuel bills and industry-leading home broadband connectivity.

The proposals will also deliver a significant amount of green open space, including a central village green, for the benefit of both new and existing residents. In addition, a new link road will be built, which will connect Billinge Road to Smithy Brook roundabout, and will form part of the wider M58 link road development scheme which is already underway.

Walking and cycling is promoted throughout the site through new and improved footpaths and cycle links. The pedestrian-led streets will help to reduce traffic speeds, creating a safer community. New trees, plants and hedgerows will encourage birds, bees and insects to enhance the environment.

The spacious homes will feature open-plan layouts that can be adapted and partitioned to suit the changing needs of residents. They will also feature large windows to fill rooms with light and secure boxes for deliveries to be deposited.

The local economy will receive a boost as new residents increase local spending within nearby shops and businesses.

During the construction phase, the scheme will create new jobs and new homes will also generate council tax revenue which could be used to support and invest in vital public services.

Bernadette Barry, Development Manager at Northstone, part of Peel L&P, said: “We are committed to engaging with local people regarding our proposals for the former Pemberton Colliery site. Our aim is to create a sense of community amongst new residents while ensuring our homes are integrated with the existing local community.

“We look forward to hearing the views of local residents, which will help to shape our final plans before they are submitted to Wigan Council.”

Local residents are encouraged to view the plans and provide their feedback by visiting the public consultation website for the scheme:

The public consultation runs until Wednesday 14th October.  Residents can provide feedback via the website or alternatively they can call the dedicated Community Information Line (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm) 0333 358 0502 or by emailing