Fight against housing plan on Wigan estate

Extra homes could be built on a Wigan housing estate despite strong opposition from residents.
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Permission had already been granted in 2017 following an appeal for 116 homes on land east of Rectory Farm, Standish.

Now developer HIMOR wants to add another three houses to the Rectory Lane site under a revised plan.

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This is despite concerns from locals about traffic disruption, road safety problems and noise which could come from the development, especially in the construction stage.

The development on Rectory Lane, StandishThe development on Rectory Lane, Standish
The development on Rectory Lane, Standish

The current application is to decide on the details of the development, such as the house types, affordable housing and landscaping.

And the applicant has now changed the type of houses allowing them to fit in a further three, bringing the total to 119.

It means that Wigan Council have had to have a limited reconsultation.

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Speaking against the plans, Standish councillor Adam Marsh said he was concerned about the safety of the site, especially regarding the access.

Coun Marsh said: “The outline permission put the access for industrial vehicles to the proposed development through Broadfern, with Wigan Council Highways saying that an access directly off Rectory Lane would be dangerous.

“However, this now poses a danger to residents, especially children, who have moved into the new houses on Broadfern and the surrounding streets, since the outline permission was granted.”

He also accused the developer of dismissing many of the key objections raised by people living in the area.

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He said: “They have refused, as part of the application, to provide a full CEMP (Construction Environment Management Plan), a document which seeks to ensure that building work will be carried out safely. Instead, they have submitted a limited template version.”

“Coun Ray Whittingham and I have objected to the reserved matters application and we’ve written to residents over the past two weeks about the reconsultation.”

Coun Marsh added that he had called in the application, so it is likely to be decided by the council’s planning committee in March.

HIMOR were unavailable for comment when asked by Wigan Today.

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