A HOUSING development on the site of a former Wigan flower nursery is set for approval despite concerns over access to the site and its impact on traffic.
An application to build 33 dwellings – classed as affordable housing – at Laurel Nurseries in Hindley is up for discussion at next week’s meeting of the council’s planning committee.
“I am concerned about the building works that will go on as there will be a lot of disruption and noise. We will be swamped with buildersEileen Harrison
Officers have stated they are “minded to approve” with certain conditions imposed as residents have voiced a number of fears as part of objections to the proposal.
The planning report states that joint applicants Mangrove Estates and Adactus Housing are seeking the green light for the development which will be served by a new access from Atherton Road “following the demolition of the existing buildings and structures on the site.”
The garden centre, shop and cafe will continue to operate with a reduced parking area as a result of the development, the report adds.
The almost three dozen dwellings will include semi-detached two story houses, 12 two storey houses and 16 cottage flats.
A total of 10 objection letters were sent to the town hall, the report reveals.
They detail fears over traffic, access and highway safety, concerns over noise and air pollution and questions over the amount of affordable housing in the area.
Speaking to the Evening Post earlier this year, resident Eileen Harrison, 62, said: “This is going to affect everyone in Atherton Road. The entrance is going to be opposite my house.
“I am concerned about the building works that will go on as there will be a lot of disruption and noise. We will be swamped with builders.
“Plus, with extra houses, comes more traffic. That road cannot take anymore as it is already very congested. Plus it is very dangerous - there have been numerous accidents there and I am concerned about fatalities.”
In conclusion, planning officers state that “overall the application is considered to be acceptable.” Adding: “The site is sustainably located in an established community within the east-west core of the borough. The concerns of local residents covering a number of issues including traffic and drainage have been addressed in detail.”
The meeting of the planning committee will take place at Wigan Town Hall on Tuesday from 2pm.