A piece of open land has been saved from potential future development.
Wigan Council’s cabinet today unanimously decided against the sale of the land adjacent to The Cherry Gardens pub on Wigan Lane after listening to the objections and concerns from local residents.
As part of The Deal the leader of the council, Cllr David Molyneux, said he “truly understands people’s passion” for keeping the land as a public space.
The new owners of the pub, New River Retail, approached the council to buy the lease for the land to allow future development and had identified an opportunity to develop a convenience store.
The land will now remain under a long lease, held by the council, and there has been an application for a community asset transfer which is being considered.
Cllr Molyneux said after the meeting: “The Deal is all about working in partnership with local people to improve our borough and about listening to local issues that’s why we have decided to keep it as a public space. We look forward to working with local residents to develop it further.”
The council had received 190 objections to the potential sale of the site with concerns raised about the impact any development will have on traffic and road safety, and the need to protect it as open space.
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