New homes claims explode in village

The site of the former Standish Golf Club where houses are being built
The site of the former Standish Golf Club where houses are being built

A SHOCK new housing scheme looks set to test town hall strictures over the expansion of Standish.

Persimmon Homes confirmed it is about to launch a joint bid for 250 MORE homes on the village’s former golf club site.

With 400 homes already passed for the location, the application will, if approved, significantly bust the council’s guidance figure of 500 homes on the former Standish Court course site off Rectory Lane.

And council director of economy Steve Normington confirmed today: “We are aware that Morris/Persimmon intend to consult with residents regarding an extension to the golf course development.

“They are well within their right to do this, though we have strongly advised against it as it would go against the council’s infrastructure assessment and the Planning Inspector’s allocation of 1,000 homes.

“Obviously this will be taken into account should an application be submitted for consideration.”

Furious chairman of Save Standish, independent Coun Gareth Fairhurst, claimed it was “disgusting and an insult” that the developers were showing “shear disregard” for the village, the planning process and the council.

The protest group are now planning an emergency meeting to respond to the scheme.

He said: “It seems that the capitalists are trying to suck out every living green space in Standish in a show of greed, greed, greed.”

Managing director of Persimmon Homes North West, Neil Follows, today confirmed the company was preparing an outline planning application for a second phase of development at Standish, in partnership with Morris.

He said: “This development will deliver much-needed family homes, with 25 per cent of the properties designated as affordable housing.”

The homes will also benefit, he said, from “significant improvements” to public transport, roads and pedestrian routes. While financial contributions from the developers will boost education and health facilities as well as extensive public open space.