Housing development plan given ‘green light’

The proposed site plans
The proposed site plans

A SOCIAL housing development is set to be given the green light by Wigan Council despite concerns over its impact on the environment.

The project includes 52 houses, a block of 12 apartments and a vicarage on land off Poolstock in Worsley Mesnes.

Officers have earmarked the plans for approval before it goes before the borough’s planning committee tomorrow (Tuesday).

But objectors have voiced fears over the knock-on effect of the development on greenfield land as well as its impact on congestion and flooding.

Planning documents reveal the housing and four bedroom vicarage “will be served via a newly created cul-de-sac with access from Helmsman Way.

And although the site is designated as greenfield, officers have justified the development as it was “dominated by a disused former playing field...(which) has not been in use for a significant period of time and it is now in an unkempt condition which does not enhance the surrounding area.”

In terms of traffic and congestion, the officer’s report adds: “The site occupies a sustainable urban location and is well served by existing infrastructure.

“There is no evidence that there is insufficient capacity within the local infrastructure.”

However, the plans have attracted 18 letters of objection from residents one of which states: “Our estate was advertised as ‘the prettiest in Wigan’ when it was built and all the residents of Helmsman Way and Falconers Green are proud to live here.

“Please do not ruin our estate and homes by making them uninsurable through flooding (risk).”

Another adds: “I am concerned with the additional traffic which will increase the difficulty of accessing the B5238.

“Planners have for years been telling us the A49 link road presently under construction will alleviate this problem (but) I have doubts.”

The planning committee members have been advised to approve the plans at their first meeting of the year.

In conclusion, the officer’s report states: “The development will respect the amenity of existing neighbouring properties and achieve satisfactory amenity for prospective residents.

“The highway impacts are deemed satisfactory, and the layout accommodates appropriate landscaping and parking provision. The scheme will provide 63 social housing units on a sustainable site.”