Residents' fury over plan to dump 'inert waste' on Horwich public footpath
A MEETING will be held to discuss a controversial planning application for an area of land in Horwich.
The meeting of Bolton Council’s planning department has been called for Thursday to discuss plans for the import of sub-soils and inert materials on to land at Horwich Moor Farm.
It is the second time the application — which was refused by the planning committee in August last year — has been discussed.
The application has received more than 10 objections from residents on Bolton Council’s planning website and various consultants have also voiced concern.
In her official report, planning officer Helen Williams recommended that members of the committee should refuse the application.
The report stated that “the proposed development will adversely affect the biodiversity of a grade B site of Biological Importance and will fail to respect local distinctiveness and the landscape character of the area.”
But the applicant, Tracy Miller, has indicated that she has met with an ecologist and has incorporated his advice, including applying for land stewardship schemes.
In a letter to the planning department, Ms Miller added: “It is hoped that this proposal satisfies the only reason for refusal (objection raised by the ecologist) to the previously unsuccessful application.”
Sue Stephenson lives in Horwich and is a footpath inspector for the Ramblers Association.
She said that another area of land at Horwich Moor Farm is already causing a problem, describing it as “a bombsite.”
She added: “This has been an ongoing situation — the area looks like a rubbish dump with plastic, bricks and electric wires — and it stinks.
“It used to be part of a beautiful moorland walk — so we are certainly not in favour of the latest application as it will make the situation worse.”
Further objections have been made by the Horwich and Blackrod Environmental Action Group and the New Chapel Residents Association but seven residents have voiced their support for the plans.
Andrea Barr of Turton Road said: “There have been considerable improvements made to the land and surrounding areas over the last few years — I have no objections when the land is being restored thus providing grazing areas for livestock.”
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