Committee to visit ‘rat run’ estate site

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COUNCILLORS have deferred a new homes plan amid claims from residents that its proposed access will create a “rat run” threatening the safety of pedestrians.

Peel Investments want outline permission to develop homes on two pieces of land covering eight hectares near to the East Lancashire Road, surrounded by existing residential property.

But almost 120 residents have sent planners a protest petition claiming that the development will mean a loss of open space, over-development and overwhelm existing infra structure and services.

Ward councillors Brendan Bower, Joanne Platt and Barry Taylor also share residents concerns about vehicles short cutting down Coldalhurst Lane.

Head of planning and transport Mike Worden told the development committee this week that the Government Inspector who had conducted the Core Strategy public inquiry had taken the view that the site could enable the “early delivery” of housing and had included it within the five year supply of housing land attached to his proposed modifications.

A quarter of the homes applied for will be classified as “affordable.”

He also confirmed that the site is “sustainable located” with all houses within the development within a ten minute walk of local facilities and public transport links on Manchester Road.

Bus routes to many destinations are available on manchester Road and relocation of an existing bus stop to a more suitable location for the new estate could be covered under the planning conditions should Peel win approval.