Plans for 250 homes on golf course

Standish Golf Club
Standish Golf Club

DETAILED plans for 250 new homes on the site of a former golf course have been submitted to Wigan Council.

Persimmon Homes has submitted its application to build on two sites either side of Rectory Lane, having already gained outline permission for houses and apartments last year.

The site, which is mainly the former Standish Court Golf Club, is also one of two in Standish which is currently the subject of a public inquiry, with the inspector’s decision expected this autumn.

Wigan Council planners will now consider the Rectory Fields scheme after a joint bid to turn the site into homes by Persimmon and Morris Homes was thrown out last year on the grounds it would breach the local authority’s Core Strategy.

The new application is for a mixture of properties with up to four bedrooms, 25 per cent of which must be classed as affordable housing either to buy or rent.

The plan also includes a leisure facility near the site of the old clubhouse and a roundabout on Rectory Lane close to the entrance to another development which has already been approved.

Residents’ group Standish Voice says it is currently studying the plans and will submit its views to planners before the decision, which is expected in October.

A public consultation on the proposal closes today. Views should be emailed to planningrepresentations@wigan.gov.uk

For more information about the plans, visit the Wigan Council website.