Council invites views on 600-home plan

Residents are being invited by Wigan Council to have their say on plans to build 600 new homes in Standish.

Developers Wainhomes and Bloor Homes have submitted separate applications to each build 300 houses on land between Pepper Lane and Almond Brook Road, with 25% affordable homes.

Wigan Council is encouraging local people to look at the plans and make their views known. Councillors on the planning committee will meet in June to decide upon the applications.

If the plans are approved, the developers would have three years to come forward with a planning application for the details of the scheme. These applications would also be subject to public consultation.

The land at Almond Brook could house up to 900 properties but the developers have limited their applications to 300 each following pre-planning discussions with the council.

Wigan Council originally did not want to see further large scale development in Standish but an examination of the Council's Core Strategy by a government inspector last year made it clear that provision had to be made for at least 1,000 new homes in the area.

Mike Worden, assistant director of planning at Wigan Council, said: "After much speculation about housing development in this part of Standish, at last the developers have put forward their plans giving the public a proper opportunity to have their say. I'd encourage them to do so because it's important the opinion of local people is taken into account.

"A thousand new homes would generate more than £5m for investment in Standish, in schools, open spaces, transport and community facilities. As we insist any new housing development must have 25 per cent affordable housing, it means up to 250 affordable homes could be built in Standish. That's good news for all those people who are currently being priced out of the local community.

"But we're absolutely mindful any development needs to be right for the local community and that's why we're working hard to ensure all applications are sensitive to local areas and people have an opportunity to have their say. It's up to the planning committee to decide whether these applications should be approved or refused."

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