COMMENT - Housing dilemma

FEW policies of Wigan Council’s have created as much interest as the Core Strategy.

With the decision of Standish councillor Gareth Fairhurst to call in the decision for extra scrutiny, the question of the borough’s housebuilding needs has taken another twist.

Wigan needs to build houses, and vital funding depends on having a core strategy. However, issues such as traffic and service provision cannot simply be brushed aside.

While the prospect of more meetings may irritate, this is one decision the council simply must get right.