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Councillors to decide on future of Cherry Gardens open land

The future of a piece of open land in Wigan will be decided by councillors next week.

The land adjacent to The Cherry Gardens pub on Wigan Lane is currently the subject of a long leasehold held by Wigan Council.

The new owners of the Cherry Gardens pub, New River Retail, have approached the council to buy the lease back to allow future development of the land.

The company has advised the council that they have identified an opportunity to develop a convenience store on the land with revenue from the development enabling investment in the pub.

The land is subject to a covenant in the lease restricting any development of the site which is not consistent with the use of the land as a public garden.

If the council surrenders its lease to the owners of the pub they would be free to release the covenant and to use the site for other uses, subject to planning permission.

Since the plans were first made public the council has received 190 objections to the potential sale of the site.

The objections include that the land is part of the Wigan Lane Conservation Area, that it will have an impact on traffic and road safety and the need to protect the land as open space.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet will make the decision on whether to sell the land at its meeting on August 2nd.

Penny McGinty, Wigan Council’s assistant director for corporate contracts and assets, said: “Cabinet members are being asked to consider the objections received and to determine whether these provide sufficient justification to prevent the sale of the land at Cherry Gardens.

“This decision is set to take place at the council’s next Cabinet meeting on Thursday, August 2nd.”

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