RESIDENTS will be able to quiz a senior Wigan Council officer about new housing developments in Standish during a live online session.
Local authority head of planning Mike Worden will be on social media website Twitter answering questions concerning proposals to build hundreds of new homes in the area this week.
Mr Worden will be answering people’s queries and concerns about the house building and planning process on Wigan Council’s official Twitter account on Friday afternoon for an hour between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
Last week Bloor Homes and Wainhomes submitted two planning applications to build a total of 600 new homes in the Almond Brook area linked by a new estate road, which has sparked angry complaints from Standish residents.
Mr Worden said: “There has been some genuine concern from local residents but there’s also been lots of misinformation put out by various parties. We want to set the record straight and address people’s concerns.
“We received two applications last week for the Almond Brook area and now have received another one for the Chorley Road area. Many people are incorrectly claiming the council has encouraged these applications or has already decided to give approval.
“This is simply not the case. Anybody can make a planning application and we can’t stop them.
“We are obligated to judge each application on its merits and make recommendations. It is for the elected councillors on the planning committee to decide whether or not an application should be approved.
“This is a legal process. The public’s comments will be considered throughout. The consultation process on these applications has just started.”
Anyone wanting to question Mr Worden needs to send their queries to Wigan Council using the hashtag #Standish by Friday lunchtime.
As well as explaining how the application process works and the conditions on development the planning committee could seek to impose, Mr Worden will also be fielding broader questions about housing development and the Core Strategy, which sets out Wigan’s housing needs until 2026.
Mike Worden will host a live question-and-answer session on Twitter on Friday April 11, from 12.30pm until 1.30pm. His replies will be posted on the local authority’s official feed @WiganCouncil
To submit comments on the Standish housing applications, email PlanningRepresentations@wigan.gov.uk