Wigan MBC safeguarded the site at Rothwells Farm for residential development in its Unitary Development Plan to meet its future development needs. The site has also been identified in the Core Strategy which sets out broad locations to meet new housing needs in Golborne and Lowton in the short term.
Why Rothwells Farm?
The Rothwells Farm site is ideal to provide the new homes that Wigan needs, located within the 'East Lancashire Road corridor' - the area to the north of the A580 East Lancashire Road between Golborne and Astley.
Rothwells Farm is an appropriate site for an extension to the Golborne and Lowton community. The site is well located in relation to existing schools, shops, services and facilities. In addition, the site is situated close to a range of employment opportunities including Golborne Enterprise Park, which is just 800m from the site, and Parkside Business Park, which is just over 1km away. Wigan Town Centre is also less than five miles away.
Rothwells Farm is a sustainable location for new housing in Golborne. The site is half a kilometre from Golborne Town Centre, and is walking distance from existing shops, services and facilities. Within 1km from the site a doctor’s surgery, a dentist, a pharmacy, the local library and a supermarket can be found.
The site's residents will further benefit from excellent local transport links, connecting them to the surrounding towns. There is a bus stop on Lowton Road and Wigan Road, with eight services per hour to Wigan and four services per hour to Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Bryn, Leigh and Ashton-in-Makerfield.
Site location plan for Rothwells Farm
Development at Rothwells Farm would form a natural extension to Golborne. It is bounded by existing residential and commercial development to the south and west, and the disused railway embankment to the north provides a strong natural boundary.
The sites earliest mapping dates from 1848 which shows its predominant rural setting with Golborne School situated in the south-eastern part of the site, and three buildings (possibly Stack House Farm) on the southwest of the site. By 1909 the St Helens Branch of the London and North-western Railway had been developed spanning from east to west along the embankment on the northern boundary of the site.
The Masterplan for Rothwells Farm is landscape led and takes its cue from the existing landscape features, both in and around the site. The key landscape assets of the site include focal trees, linear hedgerows, the Railway boundary and public rights of way.
The scheme preserves and enhances the best of what is there where possible, and knits into the adjacent areas of open space and urban form, providing a strong sense of place and character.
Site Opportunities Plan for Rothwells Farm