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At Wigan Council we are challenging perceptions and looking to the future. Over the next five years we have plans to double our rate of house building, bring investment and life back to our urban cores, and deliver some of the largest and most exciting development projects in the North West.

Development Management

Our Development Management service is on the front line of Wigan’s growth agenda. From the earliest pre-application discussion to the final discharge of conditions, our role is a proactive one, working with developers to shape their proposals and steer them through the approval process. On average we receive a major planning application every week of the year!


Planning and Transport Policy

Our Planning and Transport Policy Service is working with a range of partners on the innovative Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, supporting neighbourhood planning and delivering new and improved supplementary guidance.

We are also supporting housing delivery projects including the Housing Infrastructure Fund, and providing specialist planning support on design, landscape design, conservation and trees and woodlands.

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework 

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is a unique and evolving development plan. It is the first time that such a wide ranging development plan has been prepared across ten different councils. We are excited to be a part of this and the Council has a vital part to play.

Design and landscape design

We are passionate about good design and improving quality across the borough. Working with our partners, we have delivered award winning designs at Mesnes Park and the Wigan Life Centre. 

New housing within the borough is now setting the standard for the quality of housing we want to achieve as part of our growth agenda. Landscape design is also key to this and we are actively pursuing and achieving high quality landscape schemes, ensuring that they are implemented successfully.


Wigan Borough has over 500 listed buildings and 23 Conservation Areas ranging from larger town centres to smaller villages.  Safeguarding these historic assets is a key priority but in a way that supports growth and regeneration. We have a proactive approach and have a key role in delivering major conservation-led regeneration projects, such as the Wallgate Townscape Heritage Initiative, which is bringing historic buildings back into use in the heart of Wigan town centre.

listed buildings
conversation areas


Working with a range of partners, we are bringing forward major housing-led regeneration schemes in the heart of the borough, such as the South Hindley development which will deliver around 2,000 new homes. The development will help to deliver part of the new link road across the borough, connecting the M6 at Orrell with the M61 within Bolton. These major developments provide opportunities to create new sustainable communities for the future.


Building Control

Our Building Control service is making a real difference, overseeing the quality of new development from the smallest house extension to major commercial and town centre developments. We play a vital role in safeguarding the public, and our work in dealing with dangerous buildings can be some of the most challenging, yet rewarding, that you will encounter. 


If you think you have the skills and mind-set to join our Planning Service and help deliver our ambitions, make sure to setup job alert emails so you are automatically notified about any available opportunities!