PLANNING officers have recommended that controversial plans to build 600 house development in Standish should go ahead - but only if developers meet ‘serious, significant and strict’ conditions.
A report by Wigan Council says the scheme can go-ahead if developers include 150 affordable homes in their plans and provide £3m for infrastructure improvements for the area.
Planners have been assessing two separate applications to build in the Pepper Lane and Almond Brook Road area of Standish. Private developers Wainhomes and Bloor Homes want to build 300 houses each.
A report from the council’s planning department has recommended the two applications be approved if both developers guarantee to meet clear conditions. These include ensuring 25 per cent of the homes are affordable and that the developers pay £5000 for every home built to fund extra school places, road and open space improvements and other infrastructure investments.
The decision comes only days after the Stop Almond Brook Link Road (SABLR) pleased with planners to reject the development after they claimed developer Wainhomes had submitted a new map after the public consultation showing the road passing through Shevington Moor Wood.
The applications will be considered by the council’s planning committee on Tuesday June 24. Elected members have to decide whether the applications should be granted and if so what conditions should be imposed on them.
Coun David Molyneux, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Our planning officers have assessed all of the information submitted by the developers, the public and other interested parties. They recommend the applications should be approved subject to serious, significant and strict conditions and legal agreements. Councillors on the planning committee will now consider these recommendations.
“I’d like to remind everyone the council never wanted to see any large scale housebuilding in Standish but the government insisted we include the area – along with Lowton and Golborne – in our housing plan. We’re determined to make the best of this situation ensuring any development is sensitive and we secure improvements in the local community.”
For more go to www.wigan.gov.uk/planning