Public inquiry to consider housing plans

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PLANS for hundreds of new homes in Standish rejected by Wigan Council could still go ahead after the announcement of a public inquiry.

Developers will put the case for 350 new houses to be built on two sites to a Government planning inspector after councillors at the town hall threw out the plans last year.

Dates in June and July are being considered

Mike Worden

Persimmon Homes and Morris Homes are appealing the decision to refuse permission for 250 homes on the site of Standish’s golf course and Jones Homes want the inspector to look again at its proposal for 110 houses on land off Chorley Road.

The Jones Homes development, located between the West Coast Main Line and Lurdin Lane, was thrown out in October when planners decided it would significantly breach Wigan Council’s Core Strategy, which set a limit of 1,000 new houses in Standish.

Morris and Persimmon’s joint bid to build on the Standish Court golf site off Rectory Lane was rejected on similar grounds three months earlier.

Both developments were bitterly opposed by residents who said the infrastructure and traffic could not cope.

The inquiry will take place this summer, though few details have so far been finalised.

Mike Worden, Wigan Council’s assistant director for planning, said: “Both applications have been appealed and they are scheduled to be heard together at a public local inquiry in the summer.

“Dates in June and July are being considered.”