Plan to build 140 houses on former Bolton College site in Horwich could be approved today

The Bolton News: The old Bolton College campus site in Horwich The old Bolton College campus site in Horwich

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 140 houses on the site of a former college in Horwich will go before Bolton Council’s planning committee today.

The plans, if approved, would see a housing estate built on the site of the former Bolton College campus in Victoria Road as well as the college’s playing field.

The application was discussed at a planning committee meeting last month but a decision was deferred to allow the applicant to have discussions with St Mary’s RC Primary School next to the college.

School bosses are concerned about the impact of the development on any future expansion needs they may have.

The school has asked for part of the site to be transferred to the school in place of funds developers are obliged to contribute towards primary education in the local area.

The council’s planning report states: “While the applicant has agreed, in principle, to the transfer of some of the application site to the school, the amount of land has not been formally agreed.”

Developers and objectors are also at loggerheads over whether the playing fields have been used within the last five years.

The developers claim it has not been used, while objectors have submitted a lease agreement from Horwich RMI junior football club, which they say shows it has been used in that time.

Planning officers have recommended that the application should go before the secretary of state for local government and communities, Eric Pickles.

Horwich town mayor and councillor for Horwich North East, Cllr Richard Silvester said: ”I am against the playing field being used for development as it is a valuable asset for future community use.

“Horwich RMI Juniors have submitted evidence that they have used the field in the past two years for football with a lease agreement.

“The rest of the site being brown field land is big enough to be developed and I believe that the applicants are being too greedy.

“They should listen to local feeling and do the decent thing and amend their plans to take out the playing field.”

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12:14pm Thu 5 Jun 14

filthy6 says...

No
No filthy6
  • Score: -1

12:52pm Thu 5 Jun 14

notgonehome says...

A big NO
A big NO notgonehome
  • Score: -1

1:13pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Brumas says...

What madness brought about by the strategic planners at Bolton MBC, this area is not officially on Bolton’s Allocation Plan, yet here we are discussing a Planning application that is completely inappropriate. Planning applications are submitted piece meal with no overview of the whole planning situation in Horwich. No link between all the proposed developments in Horwich, which amount to almost three thousand dwellings. The developers of the Loco Works say there are no spare educational places in Horwich, yet here they are proposing to knock down a College (Big School?) that is not yet sixty years old. Not only that but to build on a sports field (When they are gone there’s no way back) this application will also thwart the aspirations of St Mary’s Primary school to expand, which they hope to do.
Better the council planning committee think outside the box and stop this development, stand back and look at the alternatives, for the betterment of Horwich.
Why not do a land swap? Offering the site of Chorley New Road Primary school and the Fox Street youth club site, for the College site. This would enable Chorley New Road Primary school to transfer to the College, allowing for future demand; it would also allow St Mary’s to expand with both schools using the playing fields. With perhaps the Bolton Lads and Girls club to build a satellite club comprising of changing rooms and youth club, also to utilise the sports field. This would allow the whole of the south side of Chorley New Road to be regenerated.
Or get Bluemantle and Peel Holdings to buy the site to meet their obligations towards education for their future proposed developments.
Lastly this development is so wrong, that at the last planning meeting it was differed, so has not to affect the election prospects of the councillors seeking re-election.
What madness brought about by the strategic planners at Bolton MBC, this area is not officially on Bolton’s Allocation Plan, yet here we are discussing a Planning application that is completely inappropriate. Planning applications are submitted piece meal with no overview of the whole planning situation in Horwich. No link between all the proposed developments in Horwich, which amount to almost three thousand dwellings. The developers of the Loco Works say there are no spare educational places in Horwich, yet here they are proposing to knock down a College (Big School?) that is not yet sixty years old. Not only that but to build on a sports field (When they are gone there’s no way back) this application will also thwart the aspirations of St Mary’s Primary school to expand, which they hope to do. Better the council planning committee think outside the box and stop this development, stand back and look at the alternatives, for the betterment of Horwich. Why not do a land swap? Offering the site of Chorley New Road Primary school and the Fox Street youth club site, for the College site. This would enable Chorley New Road Primary school to transfer to the College, allowing for future demand; it would also allow St Mary’s to expand with both schools using the playing fields. With perhaps the Bolton Lads and Girls club to build a satellite club comprising of changing rooms and youth club, also to utilise the sports field. This would allow the whole of the south side of Chorley New Road to be regenerated. Or get Bluemantle and Peel Holdings to buy the site to meet their obligations towards education for their future proposed developments. Lastly this development is so wrong, that at the last planning meeting it was differed, so has not to affect the election prospects of the councillors seeking re-election. Brumas
  • Score: 9

3:29pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Brumas says...

Why thumbs down?
Why thumbs down? Brumas
  • Score: -4

8:56am Fri 6 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Unfortunately the Councillors have no grounds to decline this. Government legislation means that most planning applications will be approved.

When the college moved the land was designated 'housing land' so your assumption that it was for educational purposes is erroneous.

The application has been approved
Unfortunately the Councillors have no grounds to decline this. Government legislation means that most planning applications will be approved. When the college moved the land was designated 'housing land' so your assumption that it was for educational purposes is erroneous. The application has been approved Ernagy2
  • Score: -3

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