|Planners say new houses must benefit Standish
Developers must meet “serious, significant and strict” conditions if plans to build 600 homes in Standish are to be approved.
A report by Wigan Council says the schemes should only be given the go-ahead if developers include 150 affordable homes in their plans and provide £3m for infrastructure improvements for the village.
Planners have been assessing two separate applications to build in the Pepper Lane and Almond Brook Road area of Standish. Private developers Wainhomes and Bloor Homes want to build 300 houses each.
A report from the council’s planning department has recommended the two applications be approved if both developers guarantee to meet clear conditions. These include ensuring 25 per cent of the homes are affordable and that the developers pay £5000 for every home built to fund extra school places, road and open space improvements and other infrastructure investments.
The applications will be considered by the council’s planning committee on Tuesday 24 June. Elected members have to decide whether the applications should be granted and if so what conditions should be imposed on them.
Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Our planning officers have assessed all of the information submitted by the developers, the public and other interested parties. They recommend the applications should be approved subject to serious, significant and strict conditions and legal agreements. Councillors on the planning committee will now consider these recommendations.
“I’d like to remind everyone the council never wanted to see any large scale housebuilding in Standish but the government insisted we include the area – along with Lowton and Golborne – in our housing plan. We’re determined to make the best of this situation ensuring any development is sensitive and we secure improvements in the local community to help mitigate the impact.”
The public can continue to make their views known on the applications via the council’s website (www.wigan.gov.uk/planning) and view the plans in Standish library.
The planning report included a full health impact assessment. One aspect of the applications that has proved controversial is the proposed construction of an estate road to manage the traffic impact of these proposed developments. The final route of this road will only be drawn up by the developers if planning permission on these outline applications is granted. But it’s likely to be just 6.4 metres wide and traffic restricted to 20 mph as is the case with other residential roads in the borough. The detailed plans for the housing estate including the layout and design of roads would be the subject of separate consultation with local residents in the future.
Mike Worden, assistant director planning and transport at Wigan Council, said: “The land the developers originally wanted to build on could have easily accommodated 900 homes, however, after discussions with the council they reduced the area of the sites and lowered the number of houses proposed to 600.
“We have carefully assessed all of the evidence and information submitted by the developers and others and considered the applications against the housing plan, the core strategy, which requires 1000 new houses in Standish. It’s now for the planning committee to make a decision. They will place significant importance on the views of over 300 residents who have written in to date.”