Inspector to decide 160 homes

Photo: IAN ROBINSON. Land near Wigan Road in Clayton-le-Woods where 300 homes could be built

Photo: IAN ROBINSON. Land near Wigan Road in Clayton-le-Woods where 300 homes could be built

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A planning inspector is set to have the final say on an outline application for 160 homes in Clayton-le-Woods.

Redrow Homes are appealing a decision by Chorley Council to throw out an application for homes on land off Wigan Road.

The council received confirmation that an appeal had been lodged on August 16.

Now, campaigners on the Flowers Estat, who battled the plans say they are hoping they don’t see a repeat of a previous application, where an inspector approved plans on neighbouring land for 300 homes by Fox Land and Property LLP because the council had not made a decision within a deadline.

Helen Smith, who is helping to spearhead the Residents Against Inappropriate Developments (RAID) group, said: “We are very disappointed but at the same time we thought that they would come back and appeal it.

“We just hope that the inspector agrees with the council this time round.

“If it is approved then it will open the floodgates for a larger development on the site.

“We are going to do what we can between now and an inquiry.

“There were lots of people who turned up at the Development Control Committee meeting to show their concerns against it.

“We think they will all be there and it is up to us to rally enough support to show why we feel that such a huge development should not be here.”

Chorley Council officers argued that that the authority had a five-year housing supply and ‘there was no need to favourably consider this application.’

The report added: “The application is one of a number on safeguarded land that if approved would set a precedent and the cumulative effect would be so significant that granting permission would undermine...the proposed plans that will form the Development Plan.

“Due to the current supply within Clayton-le-Woods and the borough there is not an urgent need to increase growth and there are a significant number of sites that could deliver the levels of growth (needed).”

The site itself is on land that Fox Land and Property LLP want to build 700 properties and associated facilities including a community centre, primary school, pub/restaurant and play park for children. That scheme is still under consideration by council chiefs but campaigners argued that the decision for the Redrow application would set a benchmark for the application for 700 homes.