Westhoughton pub knocked down - developer says plan ‘ticks all the boxes’
THE developer hoping to transform The Windmill has hit back at town council criticisms of the scheme.
Steve Openshaw, director of Platinum Projects Europe, said that the plan to build four semi-detached houses and eight apartments in place of the derelict pub “ticks all the relevant planning boxes”.
Town councillors objected to the plan at a meeting last month, citing a “bland” design and poor vehicle access as their chief gripes.
Cllr David Wilkinson, for Hoskers and Hart Common, said: “I don’t see how their access plans are practical and I think the pub could have been restored, still being used as flats, so its character could be retained.”
Councillors feared the plans would lead to drivers reversing on to the A6, while council leader David Chadwick remarked that the building could age badly.
Mr Openshaw said: “We are trying to bring something positive to the area.
“There is a shortage of housing here and it’s the council’s job to promote development to feed that need without building on green open spaces or ruining semi-rural areas.
“The Windmill has been empty for a long time and suffered badly as a business, a sad but common sign of the times for the UK pub trade.
“If it was feasible to extend and maintain The Windmill as a huge family pub, one of the breweries would have done so, possibly bringing with it more cars, noise, and nuisance for local residents.
“We have worked with local residents and council planners all the way, making amendments to our plans where necessary to allay their concerns.
“This development meets all the relevant planning rules and requirements.
“There is adequate parking on site, with no need to reverse onto the A6, the design is bespoke and designed to be sympathetic to the area.
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