Councillor opposes golf course planning application

25 Jun 2018 10:43

Bolton Council’s Planning Committee will decide on Thursday whether to allow an application by Peel Holdings to erect 300 dwellings on Horwich Golf Course which is designated as Protected Open Space land.

Councillor Richard Silvester who represents Horwich North East Ward on Bolton Council has been campaigning against the plans and has objected to the planning application.

He said:"I am very hopeful that Planning Committee members will refuse the plans. Last week the Planning Department refused an application for the erection of two dwellings on Deane Golf Course which is also designated as Protected Open Space land.

"Officers said that those plans for the erection of just two dwellings would result in the loss of Protected Open land to the significant detriment of the character and appearance of the area, contrary to Policies CG3 and OA4 of the Core Strategy and Policy CG6AP of Bolton's Allocations Plan.

"If the Planning Department can refuse the erection of two dwellings on Protected Open Space land at Deane Golf Course, then this application for the erection of 300 dwellings on Horwich Golf Course which is also Protected Open Space land can surely be refused for the same reasons too.

"I have been lobbying members of the Planning Committee with this information and over 250 local residents have objected to the application as well. The application has to be refused."

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