AN overgrown site nicknamed a “forest” by Tonge Moor residents will be transformed with 12 new houses.

Ashdale Construction received permission from Bolton Council’s planning committee to turn 25 Thicketford Road, a former children’s home, into a number of mews houses.

Tonge with the Haulgh councillor Nick Peel welcomed the application for the problem site, which has been a “terrible eyesore” in the area.

He added: “I am very happy to move approval.”