Plan unveiled for another 57 homes in a hugely expanding Wigan township

A planning application has been submitted for a development of 57 homes on a parcel of land in the north edge of a Wigan township that has seen huge residential expansion in recent years.
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Housing giant Persimmon wants to build the properties off Pepper Lane, Standish, along with access by road, parking, landscaping and infrastructure, following the demolition of an existing house.

Persimmon says its application is in line with The Standish Neighbourhood Plan (2015-2030) which says that “by 2030 our village will be a thriving community with an attractive centre where housing meets local need and residents have easy, affordable access to excellent leisure, sports and cultural facilities and high-quality, ecologically sound, open space.”

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House-builder Persimmon says the development will adopt a sustainable design approach, maximising the use of renewable energy technology and providing energy-efficient buildingsHouse-builder Persimmon says the development will adopt a sustainable design approach, maximising the use of renewable energy technology and providing energy-efficient buildings
House-builder Persimmon says the development will adopt a sustainable design approach, maximising the use of renewable energy technology and providing energy-efficient buildings
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The submission also points to the Wigan Local Plan Core Strategy (2013-2026) which quotes the local authority’s objective: “We will improve the built environment of the borough and help make it a better place to live, visit and for businesses to locate and thrive.”

In line with Wigan council’s stated planning policy, a quarter of the homes will be affordable, including one-bed bungalows, and there will be two and three-bedroom houses on the development.

The design and access statement submitted to the Wigan planning portal by Persimmon said that a consultation took ahead of the submission of the application, including an in-person event a Standish Community Centre nearly a year ago.

As a result, a number of amendments to the original plan were made. Now, plans to preserve mature trees have been put in place.

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Access roads will also be created onto the Bloor Homes estate (Almond Green Avenue) and Robin Hill Lane.

Requests were also made to increase the distance between the homes to reduce the potential of a loss of privacy.

Persimmon was also asked to step up the number of bungalows to ‘increase the diversity of the housing offer’.

The statement goes on:

“The development of the site at Pepper Lane will create a thriving community in Standish where housing meets local need, incorporating homes in a range of sizes and tenures to address an identified under-supply in the village.

“Of exemplar design and quality, and as an inclusive and welcoming place, the development will also deliver suitable homes for first-time buyers, the elderly, and wheelchair users.

“The site is perfectly placed to deliver new homes for future residents, and a fundamental premise for the new development is to sensitively integrate it within its surroundings.”

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It said the development will adopt a sustainable design approach, maximising the use of renewable energy technology and providing energy-efficient buildings.

It added: “The new development will retain existing landscape elements such as trees, hedgerows and pond, and integrate these into multi-functional green infrastructure.”

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