Be heard in open land row

Edward Thwaite of Hesketh Meadow Action Group at Rothwell's  farm in Lowton one of three proposed sites to be developed by Wigan council.

Edward Thwaite of Hesketh Meadow Action Group at Rothwell's farm in Lowton one of three proposed sites to be developed by Wigan council.

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A CALL is being made for a fresh push in a fight to save open land from developers.

Lane Head South Residents Group mounted an energetic battle when the council first announced proposals to designate hundreds of acres in Lowton for new homes under the first draft of their emerging Core Strategy masterplan.

But they are now calling for a redoubling of effort following the unveiling at the council’s ruling Cabinet this week of revised proposals after a Government inspector halted the examination process when he identified a 2,500 home shortfall in the town hall’s home supply calculations.

Planners have now come back with extra housing development options for the area - a fresh round of consultation will open at the end of the month - with Lowton alone now set to provide 1,770 homes by 2026, out of a possible eventual total of around 2,210.

Large tracts between Stone Cross Lane and Lowton St Mary’s could see 650 homes built at East Stone Cross Lane, Pocket Nook (1,560 homes) and Rothwell’s Farm (430 homes).

Now residents’ group association is urging the community to make sure that they have their voice heard in this next round of consultation.

Their chairman Peter Sergeant, a retired local government planner, from Kenyon Lane, has criticised the consultation procedure and believes that the Strategy, should be the subject of a Borough Life special magazine.