Voices to be heard on housing plans

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WIGAN Council must “stand by” its pledge to refuse plans for more houses in Standish, according to a community group.

Two applications totalling hundreds of homes have been submitted to the town hall, which neighbourhood forum Standish Voice has said show “complete disregard” for the council’s local plan.

Several developments have been given the green light in the village in recent years, bringing more than 1,000 homes following the borough’s core strategy guidelines.

As a result, the council has suggested it would resist any further developments because of concerns over the impact on infrastructure and congestion.

The two new applications cover sites off Rectory Lane - submitted by Himor - and another off Langham Road - submitted by Wainhomes.

A spokesman for Standish Voice told the Observer: “A government inspector allowed ‘about 1,000’ new homes but, at the last count, 1,550 have been agreed. The infrastructure cannot cope with that level of development, never mind these new estates.

“We will be campaigning hard for Wigan Council to stand by its democratically agreed policies and refuse these new applications when they come before the planning committee.

“We need as many people as possible to object to these plans to show the level of anger in the village against this unrelenting over-development.

“These schemes may ultimately go to appeal and an unelected government planning inspector may again have the final say. If so, we will be demanding the council put up a watertight defence against these new homes brought by greedy developers. Last time, their arguments failed.”

As part of its over-arching Allocations Plan, Wigan Council has pledged a “specific policy” to restrict further applications in the village.

The plan, which is currently at a consultation stage and will be adopted in 2017, will set out where new homes will be built and where new businesses will be established through to 2026.

Standish Voice added: “(These new applications) are not the actions of a responsible housebuilder.”