Fury at delay over estate access road

Congestion on Church Lane in Lowton, near the potential building site at Stone Cross outlined in Wigan Council's Core Strategy
Congestion on Church Lane in Lowton, near the potential building site at Stone Cross outlined in Wigan Council's Core Strategy

RESIDENTS have reacted angrily after a developer submitted plans to build more than 200 houses before adding its access road.

Wainhomes has asked Wigan Council’s planners for permision to vary the terms under which it can construct up to 400 new properties at Stone Cross, Golborne, as part of the local authority’s Core Strategy.

The developer now wants to only build a new link road to the estate after putting up the first 230 houses, which would mean Church Lane’s being used as the access point for construction. This proposal has sparked fury among residents, who have argued for several years that the area is gridlocked and the roads cannot cope with the homes allocated to the area under the strategy.

Residents’ group the Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) has written an objection letter to the council and is urging locals to do likewise. The letter states: “To request building 230 homes in what would become a large cul-de-sac is not acceptable. If they cannot progress as they intended then the original outline planning approval should be withdrawn. In the original outline application adjustments were to be made at the junction of Stone Cross Lane North and the A580. It is essential both the link road and these adjustments are made before any houses are built.”

LENDF chair Ed Thwaite added: “Church Lane is highly congested. We have included in our objection a letter from a lollipop lady because the point still stands today. She doesn’t get a break in the traffic from early in the morning until gone 9am. If permission is given cars are going to come out 50 yards past a school entrance into all that queuing traffic, which is going to make matters even worse.”