A hybrid application for the redevelopment of the 440,000 sq ft Galleries Shopping Centre has been backed by the council, paving the way for a start on site in January.
Approval comes in the face of public backlash over the loss of the old indoor market and the appointment of China-backed construction firm BCEGI as part of the development consortium.
BCEGI, in a joint venture lead by Chester-based developer Cityheart, sought hybrid consent for the £135m development at a meeting of Wigan Council’s planning committee yesterday.
At one point during the meeting, an objector was ejected for interrupting proceedings to protest about China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims.
The JV, known as Galleries 25, won full consent for the demolition of the shopping centre and Wigan Market as well as the creation of 218 homes across four blocks, a new market building, and a hotel.
A pavilion that is to house a food and beverage establishment and events space also features in the plans.
The outline elements of the scheme include an additional 265 homes, a multimedia centre, 10,000 sq ft of commercial space, and roughly the same amount of food and beverage accommodation.
The multimedia centre features a cinema, bowling alley, and multipurpose event space.
Main image: via planning documents