Approval for houses plan

A planning image of the housing development at Walmsley Farm, Leigh
A planning image of the housing development at Walmsley Farm, Leigh

A 100-strong housing development has been given the green light by Wigan councillors despite concerns over road widths and congestion.

Developers Persimmon Homes had been seeking approval for the new builds on land near to Walmsley Farm in Leigh as well as outline permission for another 300 homes in the future.

This week’s meeting of the council’s planning committee heard nearby residents had voiced concerns about the site’s impact on traffic, congestion and school places, among other issues.

The plans were voted though with councillors praising the site’s design.

Speaking in opposition to the proposal, Peter Rawlinson explained that the number of families moving into the area could put a strain on local schools.

And residents had taken issue with the width of the roads on site, claiming they would be too narrow for two large vehicles to pass one another.

He said: “Queensway is a very long cul-de-sac and there have been issues in the past when an accident has closed it off for hours at a time.”

However, Adele Snook, speaking for Persimmon, explained the company would contribute almost £1m for extra school place provision.

And planning officers said they had taken guidance on the width of the roads, stating they were “adequate.”

Initial access to the site for traffic will be off Green Lane but once the first 100 homes are complete this entrance will close with a new access provided off Queensway, the committee heard.

Councillors praised the development’s transport links.

Proposing the motion to approve the plans, Coun Stephen Hellier said: “You can’t get a more sustainable site than this because of its location near to the Leigh-Manchester guided busway.”

Coun Jeannette Prescott added: “I think the plans look really good, it looks like the developers have gone a long way to help residents, I think the conditions cover everything.”

The houses will include properties of one to four bedrooms along with play areas, good quality landscaping and footpath links.

Deputy leader Coun David Molyneux said: “Good quality new housing, excellent transport links and job opportunities provide the right mix to grow our local economy.”