Large crowds at homes showdown

Councillors George and Gareth Fairhurst and local residents protest against proposals for new housing estates in Standish outside Standish Community Centre where council officers were holding a consultation on the subject
Councillors George and Gareth Fairhurst and local residents protest against proposals for new housing estates in Standish outside Standish Community Centre where council officers were holding a consultation on the subject
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HUNDREDS of Wigan residents voiced their opinions over major house-building plans for their township.

Moody Street in Standish has rarely even been so crowded as locals, mainly opposed to proposals for up to 500 houses in the area, descended on the community centre.

Council officers fielded questions about the revised Core Strategy, so altered because a Government inspector says the authority had not made enough allowance for homes on its first draft. Room for an extra 2,500 is needed across the borough with around 500 in Standish.

Land owner Bill Ainscough says many could be accommodated in the Bradley Lane area but the idea has not met with universal approval.

Opposition to extra homes has been led by Coun Gareth Fairhurst who said the large turn-out was a measure of local concerns.