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Council open consultation on Local Plan

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Work is underway on an updated Local Plan for Wigan Borough, which will set out how places including Lowton and Golborne will grow and develop over the next 17 years.

As well as looking at what kind of housing will be permitted – and where – the plan also considers things like local transport, roads, town centres and local green spaces, too.

One of the major elements of future planning for Golborne is likely to be the planned new railway station for the town.

Wigan Council is now asking for the views of local people as part of their ‘Planning for the future to 2040’ consultation. As part of this, a consultation workshop will be held on Wednesday, 22 November at Golborne Parkside from 7pm.

What is a Local Plan?

Local Plans set out a vision for how a borough can grow and develop into the future, including sites for new homes, jobs and infrastructure.

Cllr David Molyneux MBE, Leader of Wigan Council, said: “Local Plans are really important documents, setting out the council’s ambitions and visions for the borough and how we plan to get there alongside our businesses, residents and wider communities.

“With vital themes including homes, jobs, town and local centres, transport, places, environment, and people, this consultation is a really important opportunity to have your say on the future of your borough and what it could look like in 15 years’ time.”

‘Planning for the future to 2040’ sets out proposals for an ambitious future for our town and local centres, identifying key centres across our borough, and how the council and partners can work together to ensure they thrive.

It also sets out a vision for transport in our borough including ambitions for the new rail station at Golborne, advocating for metrolink to come here, and ensuring a strong Bee Network offer in our borough.

Housing is another key issue, ensuring there are the right homes for our population, from affordable homes and houses designed for families and older people, and ensuring developers contribute to infrastructure from roads to healthcare.

Cllr Molyneux added: “This ‘options and preferences’ consultation covers a lot of ground, building on what residents told us in the consultation late last year.

“This second phase of the consultation gives residents the opportunity to tell us what they think about our ideas so far, including potential sites for development based on emerging priorities and demand. ”

How can I have my say?

Visit Wigan Council’s website to view the consultation materials and have your say before the deadline of Monday, 18 December.

You also view printed copies of the consultation packs at local libraries.

The full list of consultation workshop dates as as follows:

  • Tuesday 31 October: Tyldesley Rugby Union Club, Tyldesley
  • Wednesday 1 November: Hindley Library and Community Centre, Hindley
  • Thursday 2 November: Platt Bridge Community Zone, Platt Bridge
  • Monday 6 November: Sunshine House, Scholes, Wigan
  • Tuesday 7 November: The Turnpike Gallery, Leigh
  • Thursday 9 November: Atherton Town Hall, Atherton
  • Tuesday 14 November: Salvation Army, Chapel Street, Ashton
  • Wednesday 15 November: Lamberhead Working Men’s Club, Pemberton
  • Thursday 16 November: Standish Community Centre, Standish
  • Wednesday 22 November: Golborne Parkside Club, Golborne

You are asked to book your place online in advance if possible.

What do you think?

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