Anger at revised homes plan

The former Standish Court Golf Club, Rectory Lane, Standish
The former Standish Court Golf Club, Rectory Lane, Standish

UNHAPPY residents have hit out at a developer’s plans to build hundreds of homes on the site of a former golf course in Standish.

Persimmon Homes has submitted detailed plans to Wigan Council for 250 houses on both sides of Rectory Lane, with building work to take place on the site of Standish Court Golf Club.

Development on Rectory Lane has also recently been the subject of a public planning inquiry after a previous application submitted last year for 250 houses was thrown out by Wigan Council’s planning committee.

However, residents say the revised plans are still not acceptable to those already living in Standish and are calling for changes, comparing Persimmon’s proposal unfavourably with the Countryside Properties development on Rectory Lane which has already been granted permission. Emma Appleton, a member of the Standish Voice group, said: “We are not happy with what they have said and what is in the plans.

“Countryside have got what we would like, it’s an example of a good plan and something which will contribute to Standish. The smaller developments tend to be better quality, the bigger companies just pile them high and watch them fly.

“I’ve seen the Persimmon plans and there isn’t room to swing a cat in the houses. What they are calling bedrooms are cupboards, it’s ridiculous.

“The people of Standish just can’t take any more, and that is the feeling throughout the town. People have had enough. Now they are coming back with all these houses and they’re just not proposing to help with the infrastructure improvements which are needed at all.”

Standish Voice’s committee said it has yet to submit its views on the new application to planners.

A spokesman said: “We are studying the detailed plans for this site and will be passing our comments in due course to the local authority.

“We hope the planning committee take on board comments from the people of Standish as this is a very sensitive site and construction there has the potential to cause very real problems in the area.”

However, Persimmon hit back strongly at claims the housebuilding would not deliver new facilities or benefit Standish.

Adele Snook, planning and strategic land director for Persimmon Homes North West, said: “The proposals for land at Rectory Lane phase one will see more than £1.1m of direct investment in community facilities being provided by the developers (Persimmon Homes and Morris Homes) through the Section 106 agreements for this site.

“In addition, the phase one scheme will also deliver a new £1.5m leisure centre including a state-of-the-art gym and studio space as well as an outdoor artificial junior sports pitch, multi-use games area, play area, allotments and additional parking for the adjacent St Wilfred’s Primary School.

“Outline planning consent for phase one has already been approved for 250 homes, and we have submitted a reserved matters application to determine the layout of the site, which includes considerable leisure facilities and public open space.

“This development will deliver much-needed family homes, with 25 per cent of the properties designated as affordable housing, available to both rent and to buy.

“The second phase of development, for a further 250 homes, is currently under appeal, having been subject to an independent public inquiry, and we await the planning inspectorate’s decision.

“This phase also offers significant contributions towards community facilities in addition to affordable housing and further public open space.”

The results of the public inquiry are expected to be announced this autumn. A decision on the application is slated for October.