Residents go into battle over plans for green belt

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PRECIOUS green belt land could lose its protected status and be turned into an industrial estate.

The land close to juntion 25 of the M6 at Marus Bridge has been earmarked in Wigan Council’s new core strategy document.

More than 150 objections have been submitted to the plan. A spokesman for a residents’ action group said that if approved the scheme would have a massive effect on hundreds of homes in Winstanley and Hawkley Hall.

He said: “We need to protect the Green Belt for our own recreation, for wildlife and for future generations because when it is gone, it’s gone.

“The council is asking the Government to overturn 63 football pitches of green belt to develop a logistics and distribution site.”

A spokesman for the Metro said that the Core Strategy was Wigan Borough’s blueprint for future development.

The document looks to 2026 and sets out how much new housing, employment and other development land is needed and where in the borough this will be.

The strategy also covers issues such as how the plan can help improve town centres.