Controversial Westhoughton housing plan withdrawn from today's planning meeting
A CONTROVERSIAL housing scheme — planned for community green space — has been removed from today’s council planning meeting.
The council-led proposal to build 21 homes on land between James Street and Church Street will not be debated as originally planned.
Officers missed the deadline for today’s meeting while proposed changes to the plan, being made by the council in with the private sector, are assessed.
It is believed issues with noise assessments — subject to criticism from town councillors and neighbours when the application was first made — was the key reason for the delay.
A council spokesman said: “The consultation process generated a number of comments and the council has given the applicant the opportunity to respond to those.”
Cllr David Wilkinson, for Hoskers and Hart Common, added: “It was obvious from the start that the council’s noise assessment was inadequate.
“Even with my layman’s knowledge, I can work out that a noise assessment conducted at the front of a site, where there is a steel business at the rear, is not sensible.
“The council has pushed through this plan without thinking it through and they may now have to reconsider.”Sally Pycock, aged 58, who lives at nearby Anderby Walk, had been hoping to speak at the meeting.
She said: “Issues with the noise assessment have been raised for a long time.
“It seems as though this has been flagged up all of a sudden, and hopefully a fresh assessment of the site will convince the council that it is unsuitable to have houses built on it.” Ms Pycock and other local residents staged a protest on the land in August, citing the loss of green space and predicted traffic congestion.
“I don’t think housing is a sensible option on this site at all.
“We removed grotty housing from the site about 30-odd years ago so the public could enjoy a bit of open green space.
“Now we’re going back and simply filling it in again, it does not make any logical sense.”
Westhoughton Town Council recommended refusal for the plan at the end of July with councillors describing the application as “flawed”.
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