Residents plan appeal after homes approved

Coun James Grundy on land off Pocket Nook, Lowton, near the area earmarked for housing
Coun James Grundy on land off Pocket Nook, Lowton, near the area earmarked for housing
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Unhappy residents and councillors say they intend to appeal to the Government after plans for 119 new homes were passed.

Wigan Council’s planning committee approved an application for the new development on land off Pocket Nook Lane in Lowton.

House-builders Bellway Homes applied for a mix of house sizes, including around 30 affordable homes, a new play area and two ponds.

The committee decided the new development will help meet the borough’s future housing needs and the area was already earmarked for future construction in the Wigan Core Strategy.

However, angry residents and opposition elected representatives say Lowton already has more houses approved than a Government inspector previously said were needed in the area and they want to take the case to Westminster.

Coun James Grundy of Lowton East ward, who spoke against the application at the planning meeting, said: “We intend to call this matter in to the secretary of state.

“As we have seen in Standish, when the first one is passed over and above the limit set for the area we then see a flood of further applications.

“The Government inspector quite clearly said he was going to limit the amount of housing in Lowton and Golborne to no more than 1,000 and this brings the total to closer to 1,100.

“The Core Strategy bears no resemblance to what is actually being built and essentially we might as well not have one.”

The planning committee heard the new housing will have little impact on the local road network, with access taken from Pocket Nook and Crompton Way.

Bellway Homes will have to enter into a section 106 agreement with the local authority.

Wigan Council director for economy and environment Karl Battersby said: “One of our key priorities is to achieve development and economic growth that will lead to greater economic prosperity in the coming years.

“It is vital that we support appropriate housing development in the borough to keep up with demand for housing and help support growth in our local economy.

“Developments like this one will enable people to find the right homes to establish themselves and their family in the borough.

“Good quality new housing along with improved transport links and employment opportunities provides the right mix to keep our local economy growing.”