Bellway Bowland
The project was refused in June 2018, followed by an unsuccessful appeal

Bellway set for approval at Bowlands Hey

Dan Whelan

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

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Why not get some new housetypes Bellway? These same old styles are popping up all over the place. Some imagination is needed from your planning team..

By Bored

We don’t need a planning department in Bolton. After planning permission is refused, all builders appeal again and again until their plans are finally passed. None of them consider the opinions of nearby residents or the lack of infrastructure to cope with more people and more traffic. They also do not care about all the green space they are destroying.

By Laura Prescott

I simply cannot understand how this can be approved There seems to be no material change since the scheme was rejected such a short time ago.The town cannot cope with any more houses.

By marion white

Unfortunately Bellways aesthetic appeals to the vast majority of people with no taste and who just want a box to live in and that’s why they are so popular.

By Mr Box

Dear Mr Box, maybe get out of your box and realise that people often do not have the luxury of basing their decision on buying a house purely on what it looks like. It’s nonsense to accuse all Bellway customers of having no taste without appreciating the options (lack of!) that your average young couple or family have when looking for a home in Greater Manchester at the moment.

By Realist

It’s easier to say your views haven’t been taken into consideration rather than accept your views have been considered and found lacking of any substance.

By SillyGoose