A revised, 167-home scheme in Westhoughton has been recommended for approval, 18 months after an initial application was refused.
Bellway Homes’ project, which sits on a 20-acre site at Bowlands Hey, will see a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached properties, with a 35% provision for affordable housing.
Plans for the scheme, which is the second phase of the developer’s wider Bowlands Hey project comprising around 300 homes in total, were originally refused in June 2018 due to the potential stress it would put on local education institutions and concerns that it was an inappropriate development for a designated Other Protected Open Land site.
A subsequent appeal was dismissed in January 2019.
The inspector said at the time: “The adverse effects upon landscape character would be particularly noticeable in, and harmful to, views from well-used rights of way around and through the site.”
Bellway then came back with a slightly reduced scheme, which comprises 167 homes compared to the original 174.
The first phase of the project, for which planning permission for 127 homes was granted in 2017, sits on an adjoining site to the north and is already under construction.
Plans have been drawn up by APD Architects and Lichfields was planning consultant