LiveBolton Council planning committee meeting

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Summary

  • Live updates from this afternoon's planning meeting. The following issues are on the agenda:
  • Controversial plans to extend Lever Park School in Horwich
  • Whether Sainsbury’s can take over the old Green Bengal restaurant in Darwen Road, Bromley Cross – the birthplace of the Lancashire FA
  • Plans for 19 new houses at the former Westhoughton Depot in Park Road
  • The new ‘Bolton East Cycle Way’ – a new pedestrian and cycling route along the disused Bolton to Bury railway
  • A new takeaway planned for Market Street, Westhoughton

4:26pm

Keep checking The Bolton News online and in print to see the full stories and background to these applications. Over and out.

4:25pm

That's it folks. Thanks to everyone for reading - and a quick apology to Cllr Linda Byrne who I said was called Burton earlier in the blog.

4:24pm

moved and seconded for approval... and it's approved.

4:23pm

A 15m mast has been in place, so the applicant wants to make it taller. As Cllr Critchley says: "It won't make much difference"

4:22pm

Final one! It's the proposed erection of a 17.5m telephone mast on the footpath by Bromley Cross railway station

4:20pm

An outline application for proposed residential development at the former Westhoughton depot on Park Road has been passed. Cllrs Jones and Walters both saying that when a more detailed application comes in, there needs to be more consultation with residents about the parking implications.

4:15pm

Racing through the applications now - St Simon and St Jude's church WILL become a community theatre, after councillors gave their full backing to plans

4:14pm

That one has also been approved - there was talk from the council around naming a cycle way after one of Bolton's greatest Olympians Jason Kenny. We'll check out if this is the one!

4:12pm

Cllr Linda Burton moves approval. She said she thinks it's a great idea for the benefits of Breightmet cyclists and pedestrians

4:09pm

Now - it's the proposed Bolton East cycle way. This'd be a share cycle and pedestrian by New House Farm playing fields, and by the disused Bolton to Bury railway in Breightmet

4:07pm

Councillors have turned their attention to a change of us of Unit 10 on Blackrod Industrial Estate on Scot Lane - that's been approved.

4:00pm

Refused!

3:59pm

bit of a chuckle from councillors as we hear how the applicant says it will serve 'grilled chicken' which is much healthier than your standard takeaway fair... apparently

3:56pm

Change of use of an off licence to a takeaway on Market Street in Westhoughton is up next - this story was in today's Bolton News

3:53pm

In other news - we're almost two hours in so I'm cracking open my second bottle of Pepsi and sneakily opening the chocolate raisins I smuggled into the council chamber. Om.

3:51pm

Application has been unanimously approved

3:51pm

if anything, Cllr Morgan says the development wil improve some of the problems residents have faced - i.e. Parking on residential streets and noise 

3:50pm

Cllr Andy Morgan speaking - says it's not controversial in his mind. "I think we should absolutely get behind the school and to support its aspirations to give excellent education for those with special needs in our community", he said.

3:46pm

To recap, Bolton Council want to build a detached, single storey teaching building on the sloped grass area in front of the school. They're also looking to create a new 21 space car park, and to extend the front and rear of the main school building

3:43pm

Divisive one next - plans to extend Lever Park School on Stocks Park Drive in Horwich

3:42pm

so councillors have approved this, as the TPO has been recorded

3:42pm

he's asking that a tree protection order be out on the trees on the site, and safeguard them for future generations

3:37pm

it's recommended for approval. We're going to hear from Ray Wilshire now, he's objecting. He's a resident on The Mortons.

3:36pm

We're looking at plans for five new houses at The Commercial 222 Church Street in Westhoughton now

3:35pm

That's been supported unanimously

3:34pm

We're hearing more legal help - members can either delegate it to the director, to add a condition on approval. So Cllr Allen now moving for it to be delegated to the director

3:31pm

He says if there's no additional cost to moving the pitch further away from the houses and into the site more, it should be looked at. He adds: "The benefits really massively outweigh the negatives. I don't think the onpbjectors are saying they don't want anything there - they just want the best outcomes."

3:29pm

Cllr Morgan says the pitches are currently quite dangerous, as they are made of stone. Renovating them would bring them back into use not just for the school but for the surrounding community

3:28pm

Cllr Allen is moving approval - but says the school should have someone there in the evenings/weekends to manage it, and look at the floodlights again

3:25pm

She's argued that the pitch could be move at least another 10m away from the houses - Cllr Bob Allen is agreeing with her in his speech now

3:24pm

Jennifer Walker speaking on behalf of the residents of Ladybridge Gardens. She said residents will be unfairly disturbed by the noise from the football pitches - which could be used by 3 teams, or 50 people at any one time - which she says would be "horrendous"

3:17pm

council officer says there's been quite a few changes to the application since it was submitted - the pitch has been moved further away from the nearby houses and floodlight will go just on the pitch 

3:15pm

We're now onto a proposed all-weather sports pitch at Ladybridge High School, surrounded by a 4m mesh steel fence and floodlights 

3:14pm

Application is approved

3:13pm

Brian Howard speaking for the application now. He said the school, which is a registered charity, was founded in 2007. "The problem we have is the husbandry of the land - the land was never drained whe it was back filled, so we find we have an ongoing battle. We feel that the application means a betterment of the land."

3:07pm

The owners want to create a noise buffer - to stop the horses getting spooked - and also improve the drainage on the land

3:06pm

Application is approved. We're now onto an application by land at Millers Nook Riding School in Lostock - bit detailed this one, they want to improve the condition of the land where the horses are kept and improve the land for where they exercise

3:03pm

Westhoughton town council have objected to this plan. They said the house were built to provide reasonable levels of private amenity space, but this proposal would reduce this level to the detriment of existing/future residents. But Bolton Council residents have recommended approval.

3:00pm

One hour and four applications down, another 13 proposals to go!!

2:59pm

Next application to be discussed is a resubmission of a semi-detached dwelling at Old Hall Lane in Westhoughton.

2:58pm

So it's been refused because of impact on living conditions and residents, and also the repercussions on parking

2:57pm

you can't change part of an application - so councillors will have to refuse it 

2:56pm

He says he doesn't have a problem with A1 (a shop) or A2 (financial professional services) use, but not A3 (restaurant/cafe) or A5 (hot food takeaway)

2:55pm

Cllr Roger Hayes is speaking now. He's arguing that there have been several amendments to the application in recent weeks, and that if councillors approve the application it will give the owner "a blank cheque" to do what he wants. "This it goes too far."

2:53pm

John Grayall, who lives nearby, is speaking against the application. More than 100 signed a petition against this application - "We have got too many takeaways, we don't need any more."

2:52pm

John Grayall, who lives nearby, is speaking against the application. More than 100 signed a petition against this application - "We have got too many takeaways, we don't need any more."

2:52pm

John Grayall, who lives nearby, is speaking against the application. More than 100 signed a petition against this application - "We have got too many takeaways, we don't need any more."

2:42pm

Councillors now looking at plans to turn an empty laundrette at. 546 Chorley Old Road to either a shop, financial and professional services, cafe or takeaway 

2:41pm

it's been moved for approval and seconded..... It's passed

2:38pm

Mr Whitehead speaking for this now - work is due to start on the site once they've got rid of Japanese knotweed

2:35pm

The site already has permission for four houses - but the developer Crompton Entreprises has now asked to build a fifth, detached property. Plans are recommended for approval 

2:34pm

Next up -  plans for a new house at the site of the Red Lion Hotel on Church Street, Blackrod

2:33pm

application has been deferred

2:30pm

Cllr Critchley is going to move for deferral - but he doesn't really want to. "Deferral will send the wrong message altogether - I'm happy with it - but I do believe there's one too many units. I'm caught between a rock and a hard place"

2:27pm

Planning officer is giving advice now - councillors could vote for it to be deferred so the applicant could say whether they'd be willing to give up two of the proposed retail units

2:25pm

He's asking for an amendment that all vehicles entering or leaving the site to have to be in forward gear - to stop massive lorries blocking up the road as they back into the shop. He always wants them to not build two of the units

2:22pm

Cllr Norman Critchley speaking now - he's said he's watched with "absolute horror" at the number of deliveries made to the Co-op, which is just down the road

2:20pm

we've had Cllr David Greenhalgh speak against the application; he's raised concerns about the lack of car parking spaces in the application, and also the implications for Bromley Cross road - "a hot spot" for speeding and a "dangerous" street

2:16pm

Site also used to be The Volunteer pub - where the Lancshier FA was formed following a historic meeting

2:16pm

Site also used to be The Volunteer pub - where the Lancshier FA was formed following a historic meeting

2:15pm

Site also used to be The Volunteer pub - where the Lancshier FA was formed following a historic meeting

2:08pm

first one up is the bid by Sainsbury's to knock down the old Green Bengal restaurant on Darwen Road, Bromley Cross. Councillors made a site visit their this morning,

2:07pm

And we're off. Fire evacuation procedure and councillors declaring their interests

2:02pm

it also seems I can only write updates if the text is in bold... sorry reader, just imagine I am saying everything forcefully

2:01pm

The councillors are beginning to take their seats and there's already a lot of chatter from the public gallery, so hopefully there will be lots of debate taking place

2:00pm

Afternoon all, it's Elaine here. I'm waiting for the meetin pg to start at 2pm - lots of interesting things on the agenda today.

1:12pm

Hello. The meeting is due to start at 2pm.

Comments (5)

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1:21pm Thu 6 Feb 14

filthy6 says...

I'm going for 3 passes & a refusal
I'm going for 3 passes & a refusal filthy6
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Thu 6 Feb 14

ruined heritage says...

Let's hope the refuse the Takeaway in Westhoughton, we already have a good 10/15......why do we need anymore?!!!
Let's hope the refuse the Takeaway in Westhoughton, we already have a good 10/15......why do we need anymore?!!! ruined heritage
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Bolton East cycle way, muggers paradise.
Bolton East cycle way, muggers paradise. Jim271
  • Score: -4

2:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

filthy6 says...

Another pub lost in Blackrod - only Heroes left standing
Another pub lost in Blackrod - only Heroes left standing filthy6
  • Score: -1

3:29pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Brumas says...

Not much chance of opposing anything, you only get two minutes to speak against.
Not much chance of opposing anything, you only get two minutes to speak against. Brumas
  • Score: 2

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