Planning chiefs say no to house scheme

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A SECOND major housing development in Standish has been thrown out by Wigan Council.

Developers wanted to build 110 homes on land near Chorley Road in the village. But the application was rejected today (Tuesday 14 October) by councillors on the planning committee who decided there’s already enough new housing planned in the area. It follows their decision in July to reject an application to build 250 homes on the former golf course site in Standish.

House building in the village has proved hugely controversial since the government instructed the council to allow for approximately 1,000 new houses there. The council opposed that decision but was forced to accept it or lose control of its housing plans.

The planning committee has already granted permission for 1,042 new homes in Standish – meeting the government’s required total and meaning further developments can be refused. Officers recommended this latest application be thrown out.

Coun David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “We’re sticking to the Core Strategy. The government inspector wanted 1,000 homes in Standish and we’ve granted permission for that. However, we don’t think the village can accommodate any more or that local residents should have to tolerate further development. This decision shows Wigan Council is willing to stand up for the people of Standish and vindicates our approach to house building.

“The 1,042 homes we’ve already approved will help fund major improve work in the village and the developments will include a significant amount of affordable housing at our insistence.”

The rejected application was put forward by Jones Homes Fylde to build 110 new properties on land near Chorley Road. It was deemed there were insufficient grounds to increase the planned number of new homes beyond the 1,000 put forward by the government. It was also found that the applicant had not fully assessed the impact of the additional traffic on the local highway network when added to that likely to arise from the 1000 homes already granted planning permission.