Group urges action over ‘bland houses’

The development plans
The development plans

A COMMUNITY group is calling on council planners to heed their quality-based concerns for a major Wigan housing development.

Members of the council’s planning committee will tomorrow discuss the Wainhomes project for 298 houses near to Almond Brook Road in Standish.

We accept that housing will occur in Standish, but we insist on a quality of design which enhances the quality of life for people living here and reinforces the character of our village

Allan Foster

Approval has already been granted but the developers have now submitted details on the appearance and layout of the new builds.

But the Standish Voice residents’ group has hit out at the plans, claiming the size and quality of the houses is not acceptable and some do not meet national standards.

In a detailed letter to the council, the group said designs for the affordable housing part of the development “are bland in the extreme and completely devoid of charm or character.”

They have also enquired as to whether the plans include a playground or play area.

The group has urged the council to insist Wainhomes re-think their plans and take on board aspects of another housing development.

Countryside Properties has submitted designs for a 150-home estate on Rectory Lane which is due before the committee next month.

Standish Voice said these plans were of “good architectural standard” and should “set the standard for future development in the village.”

Allan Foster, the group’s lead on buildings and development said: “We accept that housing will occur in Standish, but we insist on a quality of design which enhances the quality of life for people living here and reinforces the character of our village.”

The planning documents show that ward councillors Gareth and George Fairhurst have opposed the housing development.

The entire plot will include almost 300 dwellings with a mix of three and four bedroom houses and 36 apartments, 74 of which will be affordable.