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The former Gaiety snooker hall site in Westhoughton is to be sold as a 10,000 sq ft retail space.

The announcement that the derelict Market Street site has been put up for sale comes just days after Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson has argued that house plans should be dropped.

The developer who owns the site has permission to build two rows of terraced houses.

But it now seems that plan has been ditched in favour of a sale for retail purposes according to this advert:

“Land for sale, situated next to The Wheatsheaf on Market Street Westhoughton. Approximate 0.8 Acres. Outline planning permission in place for up to 10,000 sq ft of retail units. Would suit ‘mini supermarket’, ‘express’ or ‘extra’ type concept store or similar. Subject to planning. Development package available for freehold site.”

My Westhoughton has been contacted by a source close to the developer, who said: “The site has been listed with various agents for commercial development for years, with no real enquiries. It has always been Michael’s preference to go down the commercial route.

“To use the site for residential purposes is purely a commercial fall back option for Michael and not a preferred one.

“I would very much like to work towards improving and creating the ‘buzz’ again that Westhoughton once had.”

The developer is keen to hear from business owners who are looking to open up in Westhoughton.

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