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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has secured planning permission for its next phase of development at Newton-Le-Willows. The scheme will see the relocation of existing sports facilities from the old Vulcan Works site to brand new, state of the art, purpose built facilities nearby.

The plans will also facilitate the demolition of the old sports facilities in order for a new 18,000 sq ft Aldi food store to be built. The major food retailer has committed to a 20-year lease at the site and with work scheduled to start on site in October next year, the store could be open by Spring 2017.

New sports pavilion buildings and facilities will be built, including a bowling green and sports pitches. St. Modwen agreed to the delivery of new premises for the clubs as part of its initial planning consent for the area in 2004 and this latest wave of development signals St. Modwen’s long standing commitment and investment in the area.

This latest planning consent follows extensive work on the site, including the delivery of new homes at Wargrave Road, of which 175 have now sold, a children’s play area, a history trail and public green space.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “This development marks the beginning of the next phase of work at the old Vulcan Works site. The sports clubs have been an integral part of this community for a long time and it has always been part of our commitment to the area to deliver new premises for these clubs and to ensure that they have the facilities to continue to thrive and support the community. The new facilities will give these historic clubs a new lease of life and encourage new members.

“Aldi’s commitment to the site signals its belief in this up and coming area and will bring its popular range of goods to Newton-Le-Willows for the benefit of new and existing residents alike.”

A spokesperson from Aldi said, “We’re delighted with this outcome and would like to thank the local community for their continued support. A large number of much-needed jobs will be created thanks to the approval, for which we will begin to recruit once construction is underway. We’re confident that increasing our offering to this location will reduce the need for residents to travel further afield to complete their food shopping and help to retain spending in the Newton-le-Willows which we believe will benefit existing local businesses.”