Housing plans for core strategy land

Map of Pocket Nook Lane, Lowton, showing land proposed for potential future house building in the Core Strategy. The land owned by Persimmon Homes is shown in blue
Map of Pocket Nook Lane, Lowton, showing land proposed for potential future house building in the Core Strategy. The land owned by Persimmon Homes is shown in blue

PLANS to build hundreds of new homes in the south of the borough approved in Wigan Council’s core strategy are gathering pace.

Developers have submitted proposals to the town hall’s planning committee for hundreds of houses in Lowton and Golborne after the strategy document, which sets out the borough’s housing strategy until 2026, said up to 1,000 homes must be built in the area.

The most recent application is an outline proposal by Persimmon Homes to build a development covering 7.3 hectares on land on Pocket Nook Lane, just south of the Poplars Estate in Lowton.

Few details for the housing estate are available at the outline stage, with all matters reserved for future applications apart from access to the new homes, which will be from Glastonbury Avenue and Canaan.

Wigan Council has already received planning applications by Seddon Homes for Sandy Lane and for 450 new houses to be built at Rothwell’s Farm in Golborne, as well as a range of smaller applications by developers.

However, the Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) says the developers and Wigan Council must ensure much-needed infrastructure improvements are in place when the homes are built.

LENDF secretary Irene Thomson said: “We know the core strategy allows for a certain number of houses but it needs to be done sensibly with existing residents in mind.

“There are issues with the infrastructure in Lowton, which is already a traffic congestion hotspot, and if the investment is five or 10 years down the line and the developments go ahead that’s going to be of great concern.

“The access is also planned through an existing housing estate and a secondary school, it’s a very active area. There’s also the potential for disruption with vehicles coming through during construction.

“It’s early days and nothing is set to stone but we want to raise the issues and a lot of residents will be doing that.”

The outline application by Persimmon Homes has been sent for a delegated decision by planning officers, which is expected by the end of April.

The standard consultation on the outline application expires on February 23 and neighbours have until February 28 to register their views.