Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Westhoughton sites allocated for significant development as new, autonomous Greater Manchester body submits its planning strategy. Consultation now closed (deadline 16/1/17). More

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework - submitted sites around Westhoughton (screenshot GMCA) | April 2016

Lee Hall Planning Application & Appeal

Though outside of Bolton Council's Local Plan and Allocated Sites provision, a planning application was submitted for 300 dwellings on this area of 'Protected Open Land' in 2015.

A potential development that could open up the whole area, putting considerable strain on infrastructure and services. The application met with strong opposition from local residents.

The application was unanimously refused that December, however, the developer appealed and a Public Enquiry, overseen by the Planning Inspector took place 26th-29th June 2017 with a judgement to be delivered 9 November - application | appeal | enquiry

Note: GMSF has allocated Lee Hall/Hulton Park for 2,700 dwellings (up to 2035), with road linking Gibfield to Chequerbent roundabout. Council Proposal for link road (Report for Cabinet consideration).

Summary of Planning Matters given in note from Bolton Council Planning Department read out at Westhoughton with Chew Moor Area Forum 23 March 2017 Planning Notes (GMSF, Hulton Park, Lee Hall, Bowlands Hey).

Bowlands Hey (Bellway Homes)

Planning application (97377/16) for 129 homes on Protected Open Land on west side of Westhoughton before Planning Committee in January. Controversial marketing leaflets previously circulated. In light of Bolton building shortfall and Hill Lane decision regarding 'safeguarded land', Planning Officer recommending approval (Report). Financial contributions to Council not insignificant.
Update 12/1/17: Planning Committee decision - application rejected. Developer has appealed decision. Public Enquiry 5 July (3 days). Decision to approve development (21/8/17). Planning Inspector Report.

Hulton Park (Peel Holdings)

Following consultation events for local residents an outline planning application now submitted (22/5/17) to develop 1000 acre Hulton Park Estate - mix of leisure facilities including golf course and hotel, with up to 1,036 homes on the site. Planning Application 00997/17. Consultation deadline: Friday, 27 July.

With the current Lee Hall 300-dwelling application at appeal, there is intent to build up to 1,700 houses (BN 7/9/16) at Lee Hall as per GMSF plan. Westhoughton once again appears to be bearing the brunt of development.

Roscoes Farm - Section 106 Agreement Signed

The contentious scheme to build 106 houses on land off Bolton Road can now go ahead. Narrowly passed by Bolton Council Planning Committee in August. There were a number of post-approval matters to conclude before any building work could take place. (Bolton News 7/5/16).

The land was an allocated site on the Bolton Council Local Plan (originally 178 dwellings) so, in spite of local objections, was unlikely not to given the go-ahead - with any appeal likely to favour the developer. Local issues raised concerned congestion, loss of open space and potential impact on a nearby nature reserve.

The Perseverance Mill (Armor Holdings Factory) site across the road - an allocated brownfield site for 104 dwellings - is yet to be developed.

Latest Planning News

For latest applications:
Weekly List (Search: Parish - Westhoughton Town Council).

Application submitted for 21 dwellings at Corporation Depot, Park Road (15/5/17) (00940/17). Bolton News (BN 6/6/17).

Application submitted for 58 dwellings at Hartleys Farm (28/3/17) (00579/17). Bolton News (BN 13/4/17).

Approved new Aldi supermarket (Bolton Road) can only proceed once the public carpark is relocated to Library Street.

Other News

Housing and Planning Bill (2016) received Royal Assent 12th May. Now law. Far-reaching Bill aims to boost house-building and speed up planning process. Key Points Summary (Planning Resource).

In a move aimed at stimulating building, Government could buy developers' unsold homes using new £2bn fund. Part of £5bn boost, aiming to provide 15,000 new homes on public land by 2020 £2b to buy up unsold properties (Guardian 6/10/16).

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Development sites up for planning approval or approved. Westhoughton Current Sites.

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Westhoughton Town Council - info
Meetings take place fortnightly, Monday evenings at Town Hall. Planning matters usually discussed on a monthly basis.
Upcoming: 11 September (7pm) - Planning

Bolton Council Planning Committee - info
Thurs, 21 Sept (2-6pm)
Council Chamber
Minutes/Info of all Council Meetings can be found on the Meetings Calendar - look for Committee of interest, date and click on link for info, minutes and decisions.