Horwich Golf Club housing plans approved after call

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The CONTROVERSIAL housing construction project on the Horwich Golf Club has received the green light on appeal.

The move has been described as a “kick in the teeth” by those who campaigned against building houses on “open fields”.

Peel Investments (North) Ltd and Northstone, their housing division, have appealed the decisions of Bolton town planners to reject provisional housing offers – and today the Planning Inspectorate ruled in favor developers.

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Peel and Northstone have appealed two applications, both denied by the Bolton planning committee, one for 276 homes on the site and a smaller project that would see 150 homes built on the Victoria Road golf course. The decision was greeted with anger.

Horwich Councilor Marie Brady said: “I am absolutely devastated by the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to allow Peel’s two appeals. This will see a golf course, on open green fields, bordering a green belt, covered with houses.

“The housing needs assessment for Horwich, the evidence of wildlife corridors, the effect of this development on Horwich’s already creaky infrastructure, the impact on air quality of hundreds of more cars lining up in front of two primary schools and a secondary school, all ignored by the Inspector of Town Planning.

“The decision can only be described as tragic and a kick in the teeth of the Stocks Residents Association and all of the residents of Horwich who have supported and funded the SRA to fight Peel.”

She added: “There can be no withdrawal of S106 payments (planning agreement payments) or provision of affordable housing, nor any development, nor any development, should go any further without a clear plan for the provision. of green spaces in the town of Horwich. ”

The five-day planning inquiry heard arguments from Bolton Council and the Residents’ Association against the plans. The council argued that “serious damage” would be caused by construction on the protected land, but Peel and Northstone said the council “acted unreasonably” in denying permission for both projects.

In a decision, a town planning inspector conceded that the two projects “would result in the loss of green space primarily to primarily residential development outside the boundaries of the settlement of Horwich” and added: in terms of the landscape setting of Horwich ”. But he added that “the combined negative impacts would not significantly and overtly outweigh the benefits.”

The inspection concluded: “In conclusion, the two call proposals would be in contradiction with the spatial strategy of the development plan in terms of locating new housing complexes of this type and would at least somewhat undermine the character and to the appearance of the neighborhood.

“In either case, however, the combined negative impacts would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when weighed against the policies of the framework taken as a whole. Therefore, the appeal plans would both represent sustainable development within the meaning of the Framework, which is an important consideration which, in the particular circumstances of each case, outweighs the conflict with the development plan as a whole.


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