Plans have been submitted to turn the formerRugby League Hilton Park stadium in Leigh into an old person’s village.
Mulbury Homes has unveiled the £17m plans to build a mix of bungalows and apartments on the vacant site which was once home to rugby league team Leigh Centurions and Leigh Genesis Football Club.
The five and half acre site has been vacant since the stadium was demolished in 2009 following the Leigh Centurions’ move to Leigh Sports Village, a purpose-built mixed-use sports facility.
The new development at Hilton Park will see the creation of 28 bungalows, a 97-unit Extra Care apartment block and a smaller 12-unit apartment block. All the properties will be aimed at those over the age of 55.
Claire Morris, head of Mulbury Homes’ care division, said: “Through our discussions with the local authority a clear need for this type of housing was identified and this development will significantly boost the provision of high-quality homes for older people in this area of Greater Manchester. It will put this vacant area of land to good use once again for the benefit of those will live there and those who are already living in the area.”
Under the proposals, access to the village will be via a new road running off Chadwick Street and the bungalows will be positioned around two newly created cul-de-sacs.
The bungalows all have parking spaces and rear gardens while the Extra Care apartments will benefit from two large gardens and a range of community facilities including a large open-plan lounge on the ground floor and a public café next to the building entrance.
Local residents have been invited to find out more about the plans and voice any concerns at a public consultation event being held 4pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday August 5 at Leigh Town Hall.