Peel Golf Horwich

Peel appeals Horwich refusal

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

A public inquiry is due to be held in July, into Bolton Council’s refusal of 300 homes proposed by Peel Investments at Horwich Golf Club.

Going against officer recommendations, Bolton’s planning committee unanimously refused Peel’s application in June 2018. The plans were first submitted in 2017 by Emery Planning on behalf of Peel.

Peel, the landowner, was looking to gain outline consent for housing on the steeply sloping site at Victoria Road, adding in two plots to the north and east. Landscape architect Randall Thorp provided an indicative layout.

The site extends to 45.5 acres and borders Jones Homes’ Rivington Grange development, a 130-home project currently on site.

Bolton’s planning officers had recommended approval on the basis that the scheme was in line with the local authority’s development principles, while Peel noted in its application that the borough couldn’t demonstrate a five-year housing supply, a fact repeated in the planning officers’ report to committee.

Following Peel’s appeal against the decision, a public inquiry has been scheduled to take place over four days in July.

As part of the appeal, Peel has revised the parameters plan and illustrative layout for the project, to provide alternative options for the development. The documents have been put out for comment until 4 June, on the Emery Planning website.

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I strongly object to this application. This proposal will permanently remove a golf course and natural green benefits vital to this area.
A large housing development is already in progress “next door” and a 1700 housing development is developing less than a mile away.
This semi rural area will be corncreted over in the next few years and the infrastructure will not cope.
Also, in these plans, two cul de sacs which have been there for 50 years will be opened up to make through roads
This is one development too much!

By Malcolm Carey

This site will be passed through at appeal.. which will be great news for the area! Cannot wait to see it finished

By Anon

How are the usual over priced boxes without proper amenities or infrastructure ‘great news’ for the area. No sane country plans and delivers housing the way we do in the U.K. which is why so much of our urban environment is so ugly, congested and unpleasant.

By House builder basher

@House builder basher — Talking nonsense here. The area would benefit greatly from this development and includes plenty of open space. Can’t wait for it to be built out personally!

By Anon

I agree with Malcolm Carey. Horwich has more than enough development going on already without this one. Everywhere that is green and pleasant is being built on without any thought for the impact on the surrounding areas and road network, not to mention doctors and achools. Traffic is already really bad through the area with the construction that is going on now, and any more development will utterly spoil Horwich.

By Libra 6

Anon may as well just be called “peel employee” for how thinly veiled their shilling is.

By notanon

Not a PEEL employee, far from it. Just appreciate a good development when I see it. This area is very dull as it stands and this development could take it to the heights it has the potential to be. It is much welcomed in the area. If you actually cared about this area instead of jumping on the NIMBY bandwagon then you would agree

By Anon

If Anon lives locally and considers the area to be dull then there are other areas that may provide them with what they think is a better and less dull environment. The issue here is over development, and lots of residents feel that there has been more than enough.

By Libra 6

That’s just it.. There isn’t over development. It’s a case of people moaning for moaning’s sake and jumping on the NIMBY bandwagon. Not that it matters, I am sure that common sense will prevail and will see Peel have their appeal approved and the new development will be built out

By Anon

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