Controversial homes plan approved

Map of Pocket Nook Lane, Lowton
Map of Pocket Nook Lane, Lowton

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 150 houses to be built have been approved.

Wigan Council’s planning committee agreed to support Persimmon Homes’ application to build 150 homes in Pocket Nook Farm, Pocket Nook Lane in Lowton, despite objections from residents concerning the use of Mayfield Drive for access.

Residents objected on the basis construction traffic would be using Mayfield Drive and Canaan already over a three-year period.

They asked planners to consider using Atherleigh Way for construction access, but Persimmon Homes said that was not financially viable.

Planners voted unanimously to be minded to approve the application, subject to the completion of section 106 agreements and to delegate authority to the assistant director planning and transport.

Coun James Grundy, Conservative representative for Lowton East ward, voiced his concerns about the move.

He said: “We are very disappointed that the planning committee has chosen to pass this application.

“We only asked for one thing to be done, which was to create an access to Atherleigh Way as Mayfield Drive going into the Poplars estate is totally inadequate, and the committee gave no regard to the views of local residents.

“When The Deal talks about listening to local residents and working with them, isn’t it just so many empty words?”