Horwich 'concentration camp' plan approved

The Bolton News: Bolton Town Hall Bolton Town Hall

CONTROVERSIAL plans to develop land in Horwich — previously compared to a “concentration camp” by residents — have been approved.

The committee voted in favour of the plans by Kevin and Gillian Gaskell, of Pennine Road, Horwich.

It will see a timber building replaced with a new structure for housing livestock and agricultural equipment on land off Cotswold Drive, Horwich.

A sand ménage, measuring 20 metres by 20 metres will also be built for exercising horses.

An application for the same site was withdrawn by the Gaskells in September last year after neighbours complained that the plans, which at the time included a six metre tall lighting column, would end up looking like a “World War Two concentration camp”.

Speaking at the committee, Gillian Gaskell said: “Our principle aim is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our animals.”

The new plans, which no longer contain the lighting column element, have continued to draw complaints from residents and a 16-signature petition, calling for the application to be refused, was handed into Bolton Council. Horwich Town Council also voted in favour of rejecting the plans.

Cllr Nick Peel said: “A building already exists and there is currently a building in the green belt land — this application is to replace an old building, although granted this one is slightly higher.

“I cannot see any reason for refusing this application on policy.”

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11:20am Sat 8 Mar 14

Wolfie190 says...

****! with the headline I thought we had found a way of dealing with all these criminal immigrants :(
****! with the headline I thought we had found a way of dealing with all these criminal immigrants :( Wolfie190
  • Score: 13

12:51pm Sat 8 Mar 14

the need for austerity is a myth says...

Hang on, this article bears absolutely no resemblance to the live feed this same reporter gave of the planning committee meeting.
Hang on, this article bears absolutely no resemblance to the live feed this same reporter gave of the planning committee meeting. the need for austerity is a myth
  • Score: 8

2:17pm Sat 8 Mar 14

127001 says...

the need for austerity is a myth wrote:
Hang on, this article bears absolutely no resemblance to the live feed this same reporter gave of the planning committee meeting.
welcome to the world of 'politics'!!
[quote][p][bold]the need for austerity is a myth[/bold] wrote: Hang on, this article bears absolutely no resemblance to the live feed this same reporter gave of the planning committee meeting.[/p][/quote]welcome to the world of 'politics'!! 127001
  • Score: 6

3:52pm Sat 8 Mar 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

As usual Bolton's Labour council ignore the wishes of Horwich people
As usual Bolton's Labour council ignore the wishes of Horwich people steverock6@sky.com
  • Score: 5

6:56pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Beyond News Forum says...

It's not okay for us to mention Nazi propaganda but the BN can... typical!
It's not okay for us to mention Nazi propaganda but the BN can... typical! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 6

11:39pm Sat 8 Mar 14

bwfc58 says...

And you wonder why so many People of this once great Country have started to Vote for UKIP
And you wonder why so many People of this once great Country have started to Vote for UKIP bwfc58
  • Score: 3

12:37am Sun 9 Mar 14

boredofbolton says...

In what way does horwich resemble a concentration camp? Over the top reporting! The locals should visit belsen or auschwitz then they will know what a concentration camp is like.........as**ole
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In what way does horwich resemble a concentration camp? Over the top reporting! The locals should visit belsen or auschwitz then they will know what a concentration camp is like.........as**ole s boredofbolton
  • Score: 4

9:08am Mon 10 Mar 14

Donkey Stone says...

boredofbolton wrote:
In what way does horwich resemble a concentration camp? Over the top reporting! The locals should visit belsen or auschwitz then they will know what a concentration camp is like.........as**ole

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Elaine O' Flynn = Thick.
[quote][p][bold]boredofbolton[/bold] wrote: In what way does horwich resemble a concentration camp? Over the top reporting! The locals should visit belsen or auschwitz then they will know what a concentration camp is like.........as**ole s[/p][/quote]Elaine O' Flynn = Thick. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 0

9:51am Mon 10 Mar 14

Iluminati says...

It's an occurrence of our times that people have to refer to a planning application as a concentration camp building. I ask my self, have those people complaining, ever seen a concentration camp? Do they actually have been in one??? It's extremely offending to those, who were fortunate to have survived in one!!! To those who compare a planning application with a concentration camp need most certainly some more in depth history lessons.
It's an occurrence of our times that people have to refer to a planning application as a concentration camp building. I ask my self, have those people complaining, ever seen a concentration camp? Do they actually have been in one??? It's extremely offending to those, who were fortunate to have survived in one!!! To those who compare a planning application with a concentration camp need most certainly some more in depth history lessons. Iluminati
  • Score: -1

1:36pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Horwichisgreen says...

Poor poor journalism. How to sensationalise a story! The reporter should focus one what it is...a planning application. It has nothing to do with a 'concentration camp'. If you didn't fully read the story then you would be correct in thinking that such a concentration camp was to be built in Horwich. This was an application refused by Horwich Town Council and was supported by many locals. Of course Bolton don't listen to local Councils as they overuled the decision. The reporter should have not used such a term...very offensive.
Poor poor journalism. How to sensationalise a story! The reporter should focus one what it is...a planning application. It has nothing to do with a 'concentration camp'. If you didn't fully read the story then you would be correct in thinking that such a concentration camp was to be built in Horwich. This was an application refused by Horwich Town Council and was supported by many locals. Of course Bolton don't listen to local Councils as they overuled the decision. The reporter should have not used such a term...very offensive. Horwichisgreen
  • Score: 1

8:35am Tue 11 Mar 14

gigglebox3 says...

it would be a nice place to put all those people who get evicted........
it would be a nice place to put all those people who get evicted........ gigglebox3
  • Score: 0

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