Horwich Advertiser Issue 554

Email: news@horwichadvertiser.co.uk Page 2 The Advertiser August 21st 2019 Follow us on Facebook: Horwich Advertiser Advertiser Editor: MIKE HULME Mike@independentnewspapers.co.uk PublishingManager: JAYNEMEADOWCROFT Tel:01204478812 Email: jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk AdvertisingSales: JAYNEMEADOWCROFT Tel:01204478810or07703045189 Email: jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk Classifieds: JAYNE Tel:01204478810 Email: jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk.Website : www.horwichadvertiser.co.uk Twitter: @HAdvertiser Facebook: www.facebook.com/horwichadvertiser No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of theTha Advertiser accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2019.The Advertiser is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. 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TRAINED Planners refuse Pickup’s Fields houses plans CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 48 houses on green fields have been refused by councillors, but planners say there would be a strong case for an appeal. The proposed development at Pickup’s Fields, which received 456 objections, was thrown out by Bolton planning committee. Councillors voted to refuse the plans on the grounds that the land was, until recently, used for recreation. But head of development man- agement Paul Whittingham said this reason would not carry any weight at an appeal because the land is already earmarked for housing. Chief executive Jon Lord con- firmed the housing association is considering an appeal, meaning the homes could still be built. He said: “It’s a site that has been allocated for housing in the local plan, was recommended for approval by planning officers and we had worked over a long period of time in partnership with the council in preparation to build. “Our data shows there are hundreds of people in Horwich looking for affordable homes so that they can remain in the area, raise a family here and live close to family and friends.” Horwich town councillor Ste- ven Chadwick is now calling on the council to “pre-empt” the appeal by suggesting alternative sites to the housing provider. Fellow Horwich and Black- rod First town councillor David Grant, who spoke at the meeting, said he was relieved about the decision but said he is “under no illusions” about a poten- tial appeal. He said: “This is the first of a series of battles we need to win, the war to defend our remain- ing green space will no doubt continue against development and would urge all residents to continue to pull together when they know something is bad for Horwich and Blackrod.” Ward councillor Richard Sil- vester, who also spoke against the application, was “delighted” by the decision. The Labour councillor objected to the land being earmarked for housing in the local plan back in 2012. He said: “This land is an important community asset and should be there for recreational and leisure use. Let’s hope that the new Tory Council now lis- ten and reverse their decision to sell this land for housing. Round one has been won; next it will be round two to stop the sale of the land and save it for commu- nity use.” The sale of the council-owned land to Bolton At Home was blocked by Lib Dem leader Roger Hayes at a confidential meeting earlier this month. It is due to be discussed by a scrutiny committee after which councillors will decide whether to allow the sale to go ahead. Loco Works key building under new threat by road AN HISTORIC building on the site of a former train yard looks set to be demolished as heritage experts have withdrawn their objections to the plans. Historic England, which had previously opposed the new £12m access road at Horwich Loco Works, no longer opposes the plans. The public body cite “very specific constraints” on the rout- ing of the new spine road which would link up to 1,700 homes at Rivington Chase to Middlebrook Retail Park, Horwich Parkway railway station and junction six of the M61. The plans would mean knocking down what remains of the erecting and repair shop, part of the“historic core” at the 133-year-old LocoWorks site. In a letter to Bolton Council, inspector of ancient monuments Andrew Davison said the work would cause “sub- stantial harm” and raised concerns on heritage grounds. However, he acknowl- edges the “severe” constraints on the rout- ing of the road due to topographical issues, contamination and nature conservation. He said: “Historic England would not object to its demolition if the council’s weigh- ing exercise leads to the conclusion that its loss is necessary to deliver the public benefits which regeneration of the area would provide.” Stuart Whittle, chairman of Horwich Heritage, described the arguments in favour of demolition as “con- trived”. He thinks the building should be restored and converted for community use. He said: “This is a con- venient way of getting rid of a potentially costly problem at an early stage before anyone is able to clearly define what the future of the erecting shop might be.” Horwich LocoWork erection shed

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