Golf club homes scheme moves forward

6 May 2022 11:21
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DEVELOPER Northstone has submitted its detailed plans to build 208 new homes on Horwich Golf Club to Bolton Council.

It follows its success in a planning appeal in September last year which gave the green light for the development.

Three earlier attempts to secure planning permission on the site were rejected by the council amid widespread local opposition.

Northstone has now submitted a Reserved Matters planning application for the new development. A decision is expected in the coming months.

It follows a public consultation last month on plans for 208 'sustainable homes', including 71 affordable properties, as part of the first two proposed phases of the scheme.

Northstone says the plan will also open up new community green spaces on land off Victoria Road.

The housebuilding arm of Manchester property group Peel L&P, says feedback from the public consultation has been included in the final proposals, including the strengthening of a proposed green corridor through the site.

The submission also includes the siting of Horwich heritage-themed natural play equipment.

In a statement it said: "Northstone and Peel L&P have listened to local residents throughout this ongoing process and this feedback has helped shape the final proposals.

"The plans will provide a space that connects with nature, while delivering affordable, energy-efficient homes that make a meaningful contribution to the borough's five-year land supply."

It added: "The new public open space will open up land, which was previously privately owned, for use by the entire community.

"As Horwich continues to grow, this green space can offer a haven for wildlife and a space for residents to relax within the scheme itself."

Northstone says new tree and shrub planting, retention and creation of new woodland areas and the enhancement of existing watercourses including Nellie's Clough, are included in the plan.

So is the reinstatement of the golf course's upper fairway, bunkers and green for "ecological benefit", in keeping with the character of the surrounding fields.

The developer says it will make a contribution of around £641,000 towards local education provision and £26,000 for off-site open space in the community, as well as a "significant contribution" to improve the local highway network.

Jonathan England, development director at Northstone, said: "We would like to thank all those who engaged with the pre-application consultation to provide their views.

"We now look forward to continuing working with the council as they consider our application."

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