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Wimpey to create new homes in Wigan

A former colliery site in Wigan is to be transformed in a new project from Taylor Wimpey, delivering almost 500 new homes for the local community in the process.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Wigan Council has named Taylor Wimpey as its preferred bidder for the 474-home regeneration scheme for the former Bickershaw South colliery, with the scheme, also set to include the provision of new commercial real estate at the site.

Taylor Wimpey will be responsible for construction of not only the new residential area of the build, but also a new 40-berth marina, cafes, shops, a new community centre and also a canal bordering the site.

Deborah McLaughlin, north-west executive director of the HCA, said: "This area is a former colliery site and has been a priority of the national coalfields programme for a period of time.

"I know that our chosen developer is keen to deliver a project which meets the needs and aspirations of local people, creating much needed affordable homes, leisure facilities and more."

She added that not only will the overhaul of the colliery site deliver a significant improvement to the lives of those living in the local area, the new project will also provide a significant boost to tourism, as well as providing a plethora of new homes to meet the needs of buyers in the area.

Meanwhile, the Department of Communities and Local Government recently announced a massive £1 billion investment in the Rent to Buy Fund, with the government keen to provide up to 10,000 new homes across the UK for the private rented sector.

A total of 45 projects are to take place across the country over the coming months, with Genesis Housing Association, Place First, Together Housing and Crest Nicholson all charged with carrying out major construction efforts to deliver these new homes. 

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