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Council planning chief takes to social media to talk Standish housing
Wednesday 9th April, 2014

Wigan Council's head of planning will answer questions about house building in Standish during a live session on social media.

Mike Worden will take to Twitter on Friday to give the public an opportunity to quiz him on development plans for the village.

Last week private developers put forward two planning applications to build a total of 600 homes in the Almond Brook area. Some Standish residents have expressed concerns about such developments. To put the public in the picture, Mike Worden will hold a live question and answer session via the council’s Twitter account, which is @WiganCouncil.

People are asked to send him their questions by Friday lunchtime using the hashtag #Standish. Mike will be online from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm and will try to answer queries about the application process, steps that would have to be taken should the applications be approved, and broader questions about development in the village.

Mike said: “There has been some genuine concern from local residents but there’s also been lots of misinformation put out by various parties. We want to set the record straight and address people’s concerns.

“We received two applications last week for the Almond Brook area and now have received another one for the Chorley Road area. Many people are incorrectly claiming the council has encouraged these applications or has already decided to give approval. This is simply not the case. Anybody can make a planning application and we can't stop them.

“We are obligated to judge each application on its merits and make recommendations. It is for the elected councillors on the planning committee to decide whether or not an application should be approved. This is a legal process. The public’s comments will be considered throughout. The consultation process on these applications has just started so it is an important opportunity for local residents to get involved.”

The public are being asked to look at the applications and make their comments known to the council. The applications can be viewed at the council’s website www.wigan.gov.uk

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