Case studies
BROWNFIELD REGENERATION AND INVESTMENT IN COMMUNITIEs

Pennington Wharf

This regeneration scheme has transformed the former Bickershaw Colliery in Leigh Wigan from a vacant, overgrown site, into an attractive new community where people want to live alongside the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Partnership

Taylor Wimpey Manchester demonstrated through the tender process our social drivers with a plan to regenerate and rejuvenate the site, the area and community through creating an attractive and sustainable neighbourhood. The vision was for Pennington Wharf to stand as the flagship site for not only Taylor Wimpey, but also for Wigan Council and Homes England and to help kickstart the regeneration of Leigh.

Regeneration

The objectives and aspiration for Leigh are set out in ‘The Investment Framework’ produced by the Council outlining a master-plan of regeneration projects and opportunities for the town, which Pennington Wharf is a part of. There have been 170 jobs created directly through the construction of the scheme. Indirectly, through the £3.9m annual spending power of the new residents in the area, this has helped to rejuvenate the town of Leigh, with further shops and services coming into fruition.

Community led

Through the planning and development of the scheme, we have worked with the local community to learn the history of those who had worked in the mines and the local heroes. 2018 marked the unveiling of a statue in honour of one individual Alfred Wilkinson VC in particular who was awarded a Victoria Cross for his service and bravery in the First World War.

Planning

In 2014 Taylor Wimpey successfully obtained Reserved Matters Planning consent for 471 residential dwellings which includes one and two-bedroom apartments, two, three and four-bedroom family homes. The consent also included the community centre, café, office space for commercial use, new promenade around the marina as well as pontoons to allow the marina to be operational and one acre of village green.