Details of controversial Wigan homes plan lodged
Details of an extension to a housing estate in a Wigan community have been lodged, showing 116 new homes.
Developers HIMOR won planning permission in 2017 on appeal for the land between the existing new estate and the railway line on Rectory Lane in Standish.
They had three years to put in detailed plans for the scheme or the permission to build - given by a government planning inspector after a public inquiry when Wigan Council refused the application – would lapse.
The detailed scheme includes 29 ‘affordable’ homes and the retention of two existing ponds.
Access would be through the Barrowfield estate as decided in the 2017 application.
The scheme – which the application suggests will be built by Wainhomes –shows a mix of semi-detached and detached houses and apartments.
Planning permission was passed by the council despite concerns from residents living in the area about traffic disruption, road safety problems and noise which could come from the development, especially in the construction stage.
A spokesman for residents’ group Standish Voice, who have been strongly opposed to the plans, said: “We are studying the details of the planning application to ensure it complies with the outline permission which was, unfortunately, allowed by the planning inspector despite local opposition and initial refusal by Wigan Council.
“Since this outline permission was passed, a number of homes have been built and occupied by families next to this site who are, quite rightly, concerned about the traffic, disruption, road safety problems, and noise that this development will no doubt create, especially in the construction stage.
“We hope that, if this new plan is approved, Wigan Council will impose stringent rules on the developer to make sure the lives of current residents are disrupted as little as possible during construction.
They added: “We will be submitting our views on this new application and feel it is also important to ensure the maximum amount of biodiversity is retained in the scheme as it is yet another greenfield site in Standish which will be sadly lost to development.”