Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Westhoughton sites under consideration as new Greater Manchester body considers planning strategy - 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, an appeal is pending and a Public Enquiry with the Planning Inspector now set for 25th April 2017 (postponed from 5 July) - application | appeal | enquiry

Current activity: assessment of traffic impact of development following Bolton Council rebuttal of developer claims. Previously 'Statements of Common Ground' issues - factual aspects of application not in dispute; withdrawn, thus not for consideration by Inspector.

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).

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

Application submitted for 129 dwellings at Bowlands Hey (6/9/16) (97377/16).

Other News

Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) concern over threat to build 270,000 houses on greenbelt - CPRE Blog (3/5/16).

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).

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Current Activity

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

Planning Search (Bolton Council) - search by reference number, postcode, ward or single line of an address.

'My Bolton' - searchable 'My Maps'… navigate to desired area, select 'Planning' / 'Applications by year' / click pop-up 'ref' to view planning application.


Westhoughton Town Council - info
Meetings covering local Planning & General Purposes take place at the Town Hall once a month, Monday evenings from 7:30pm.
Upcoming: Mon, 10 Oct (7:30pm)

Bolton Council Planning Committee - info
Thurs, 22 Sept (2-6pm)
Lecture Theatre 1
Bolton Central Library
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.