The inspector has told Wigan Council that the public enquiry will NOT focus on the Schedule of Minor Changes to the Draft Core Strategy.

This now means that the revised plans which brought the ENTIRE development onto Winstanley will now be put back to what was originally planned - Both Winstanley and Hawkley Hall.

Basically the council said they had listened to residents objections and submitted a "minor" change to their plans.  These minor changes put the entire development on the Winstanley side of the A49.  At the pre-hearing meeting 13th December 2011 the inspector told the council that these changes were not acceptable as a full consultation should have been done on the "minor" changes.  He said that the public enquiry will focus on the original plans.

The revised plans were:

A location of around 30 hectares for a high quality employment park comprising offices, industrial, manufacturing and logistics, with access to/from the A49 Warrington Road at, or very close to, the roundabout at the end of M6 motorway spur road at junction 25. Development will be focused on the land to the west of the A49, Warrington Road. Any proposals must incorporate appropriate mitigation measures including the siting, design and orientation of buildings and the use of substantial effective landscaping and green barriers, in order to minimise the impact of development on the amenity of nearby residential areas. The proportion of the different types of employment use and how they will be controlled, along with the detailed boundaries of the land to be removed from the Green Belt, will be determined in a subsequent development plan document.

Now the plans will be:

A location of around 40 hectares for high quality industrial and logistics (storage and distribution) development, with access to/from the A49 Warrington Road at, or very close to, the roundabout at the end of M6 motorway spur road at junction 25. The need for and extent of the development and the removal of that land from the Green Belt will be determined in a subsequent development plan document.