PLANS are to be unveiled tonight for a major new housing estate in a Wigan township.
Morris Homes, in partnership with Persimmon, is holding an open evening at The Owls at Standish, to show residents proposals to build 250 properties on the land they own at the former Standish Court Golf Club.
The developers hope to create a “garden city,” retaining existing trees, hedgerows and ponds while adding leisure facilities to the estate, such as a gym, playing pitches, allotments, walking and cycling trails.
It comes after Wigan Council spurned an offer from Morris to swap the Rectory Lane site with Ashfield Park. The clubhouse has since been destroyed by an inferno blamed on youths.
Today, ward councillors Gareth and George Fairhurst attacked the scheme, claiming residents do not want more housing in Standish, especially after the council rejected earmarking it as a potential site for property development as part of a government plan to create more homes.
Coun Gareth Fairhurst, who was holding a protest outside the 6.30pm meeting, said: “Only weeks after the council voted on leaving Standish out of building 2,500 new houses as part of the Core Strategy it seems that some developers simply don’t think they have to abide by the strategy.
“The council tell us they stopped dealing with the developer over doing a land swap on Ashfield and moving the pitches to this location but here is the developer putting in the plans which was part of the land swap deal and I am worried. That is why it is even more important that residents come out and support the demonstration and put feed back in on the night to the developers that they are not wanted in Standish,”
Coun George Fairhurst added; “Standish can’t cope with anymore housing estates.”
A Morris Homes spokesman said: “Morris and Persimmon are at the very early stages of sharing initial ideas with all local stakeholders about the future use of the golf course. Unfortunately, the golf course has not been commercially viable despite the best efforts of three different operators over many years.
“We are therefore keen to determine how the land can be re-purposed to meet the needs of the local community. We will be sharing these ideas at our public consultation. The purpose of this consultation is to share work in progress with the local community.
“No final decisions have been taken and we have not submitted any planning applications to the council at this stage.”