Wigan Council’s planning committee has been recommended to approve a 24-home scheme by Alderwood Homes on a site alongside the East Lancs Road in Lowton.
The 2.4-acre site is greenfield and bordered by three roads; neighbouring sites are primarily housing or agricultural land.
The developer has put forward plans to build a mix of bungalows and detached homes, set around a cul-de-sac with access via Stone Cross Lane North. There will be 12 bungalows and 12 detached houses, each with private off-road parking and gardens; six of these have been put forward as affordable.
The scheme is recommended for approval at next week’s planning committee, although two councillors, Cllr Edward Houlton and Cllr James Grundy, have both objected along with 13 locals and a residents’ group.
Objections focus on impacts infrastructure capacity, “over-development” of the site and development contrary to the Local Plan, loss of green open space and wildlife habitat, highways capacity and safety concerns, drainage, air quality impacts, the character and design of the development, and detrimental impacts during construction.
However, planners have recommended that committee be “minded to grant” the proposals next week, subject to a Section 106 agreement.
The planners’ report said: “A thorough assessment of the proposal has confirmed that, subject to a range of new and improved infrastructure being provided, the proposal is acceptable in terms of its impact on highways and transport, amenity, the environment, ecology and trees, the landscape and flood risk.
“The proposal would also deliver six on-site affordable homes, equivalent to 25% of the units, provide a high-quality residential development within a sustainable location and make a contribution to short-term housing need in the borough, without affecting the existing amenity currently enjoyed by neighbouring properties.
“On this basis, the scheme is considered to clearly comply with the Development Plan when considered as a whole.”
IDP is acting as architect for the scheme.