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.