Fury at housing estate plans for Lowton

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RESIDENTS have reacted angrily to a national house building company’s plans to construct around 150 new homes in Lowton.

Persimmon Homes is preparing to submit a planning application to build family houses on land near Pocket Nook Lane, which has been identified for future house building under Wigan Council’s Core Strategy.

The company, which is expected to make around a quarter of the properties affordable homes to buy or rent, will hold a public consultation in Lowton to discuss the plans with residents next week.

Residents’ groups such as the Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) says residents have expressed concerns about house building off Abbey Road, with particular fears about access to the new estates.

LENDF secretary Irene Thomson said the previous plan had access issued and added: “There are definitely going to be objections from residents and we will support them to ensure the developers mitigate the effects of any housebuilding.”

The Persimmon proposal, which is for houses with between two and four bedrooms, is not the first which Wigan Council has received to build on Core Strategy land in Lowton, with an application by Wainhomes to construct new houses at Stone Cross Lane awaiting scrutiny by the planning committee. The Core Strategy is currently being scrutinised by Government-appointed planning inspector Kevin Ward, with his report expected to be published soon.

Persimmon said it would include major improvements to sport and leisure facilities in the area as part of the proposals and looked forward to discussing its plans with residents. The public consultation event for the proposals will be held at the Rose Centre, on Hesketh Meadow Lane in Lowton, today between 3pm and 7pm.

For more information on the proposals, or to submit comments, visit https://sites.google.com/site/landtotherearofabbeyroadlowton/ or email consultation.event@persimmonhomes.com