Green light for new homes across the borough

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Blueprints for dozens of homes and an extension to improve facilities at a rugby club are among the bids signed off by the town hall this month. Below is a round-up of these notable planning decisions across the borough.

Land at Wray Street, Ince

An outline application for a housing development – including the demolition of existing commercial buildings – has been given the green light. The location is listed as being the base for Roy Wood Bar Supplies and includes vacant land to the west of Wray Street.

Indicative designs show potential for 15 homes with access provided from Manchester Road.

Located within an area designated as a flood risk zone, council officers have highlighted that the Environment Agency initially objected to the application.

But a flood risk assessment has been submitted by the applicant that has allayed those concerns at this stage.

The applicant, former professional wrestler Mr Wood, will need to submit a reserved matters application with exact layout details to progress the plans further.

Land at Garrett Hall Farm, Tyldesley

Proposals for 45 houses, replacing previously approved plans for 42, have been signed off as part of a vast development site.

This location has outline planning permission for 600 houses dating back to 2014 with other phases already under construction by several house-building firms.

This plot will offer a mix of detached and semi-detached three and four-bedroom properties provided by Redrow Home with access created from Mosley Common Road.

According to planning documents, Redrow has proposed to replace the house type granted previous approval with smaller models to reflect “changing demand in the market”.

“As a consequence of this proposed change, the number of units is increased by three dwellings,” the submission adds.

Aspull RUFC

The rugby club’s bid to extend its facilities to provide new changing rooms and indoor training facilities has made it over the try line.

Although designated as development on green belt land, the town hall has granted approval as it is on the same footprint as the existing building.

The proposal includes the demolition of a one-storey extension to the clubhouse building to be replaced with a two storey addition.

It will also improve facilities for the wrestling club which shares the use of the building.

“The extension will accommodate improved changing facilities for the teams on the ground floor while on the first floor there would be a wrestling and spectator area.

“The extension would also afford the club to relocate its gym to the first floor,” a planning report reads.

Last month the Wigan Post revealed that house-building in the borough was at a pace not reached in a decade.

Alongside completed homes, building started on a further 1,000 sites in Wigan between January and December 2018, up from 710 during the same period in 2017.