140 homes will be built on former Bolton College site in Horwich

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 140 homes on the former Bolton College site in Horwich have been approved.

The approval, for outline planning permission for the development in Victoria Road is subject to an agreement between developers Bowsall Ltd and St Mary’s RC Primary School, about sharing some of the site.

The school believes the development could harm its potential future expansion needs.

After instruction from the planning committee at a meeting last month, school bosses have been negotiating with Bowsall to see if the firm could hand over land rather than money that developers are usually required to provide for primary education.

An area of land has now been offered to the school, but several councillors said yesterday that it was not appropriate, with Cllr Linda Thomas describing the land as “neither use nor ornament”.

The plans will also be sent to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Local Government, because of an argument about the former college’s football pitch.

Developers Bowsall Ltd claim the pitch has not been used in the past five years — but objectors submitted a lease from Horwich RMI junior football club showing the pitch has been used during that period.

Councillors voted to approve the plans, subject to delegation to the Bolton Council’s director of development and regeneration, Keith Davies, who will iron out the final agreement between the developers and St Mary’s.

The council will await a response from Mr Pickles regarding the issue of the football pitch.

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2:42pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Horwich Observer says...

Oh goooood. Even more traffic on Chorley New Road in the morning. No mention of extra school places, doctors surgeries....etc etc being built in the area to cope with all these new houses that are being built around the town.
Oh goooood. Even more traffic on Chorley New Road in the morning. No mention of extra school places, doctors surgeries....etc etc being built in the area to cope with all these new houses that are being built around the town. Horwich Observer
  • Score: 12

3:01pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Brumas says...

Plan to build 140 houses on Horwich College site, How wrong is this Development.

Plans to build One Hundred and Forty houses on the site of Bolton College have been approved, but are so wrong. A vast amount of Horwich people are against this development but are unable to get their objections across to the strategic planners or the councillors and the planning committee, due to the vagaries of planning procedures.
The crux of the matter is, lost educational places and the loss yet again of sports fields there are so many planning applications pending and proposed for Horwich that the public cannot comprehend what is the overall situation. Planning applications for Horwich are submitted piecemeal, with no one standing back and looking at the overall scheme of things. So much so that planning applications from different developers contradict one another, Bluemantle who plan to build Seventeen Hundred houses on the Old Loco Works site, say in their application that there are no spare educational places in Horwich. Nor at the moment do they propose to supply any, yet here we are with another application proposing to demolish an educational building, that is not yet sixty years old, that could be adopted for Primary School use. Plus the application thwarts the aspirations of St Mary’s Primary School to expand to meet the impending future requirements. Not to mention the loss of a sports field, which are supposed to be provided by the council at a rate of 4.5 hectares per thousand capita?
There are two alternatives that could be considered, firstly a Land swap, why not swap the site of Chorley New Road Primary School and the youth club site in Fox Street, In return for the college site. This would allow Chorley New Road Primary school to adopt the College building and also allow St Mary’s Primary School to expand has they wish, with both using the sports fields. On top of which the Bolton Lads and Girls Club could perhaps build a satellite club on the site comprising changing rooms and youth club, to fully utilise the sports field. Or get Bluemantle and Peel Holdings to buy the site to offset their future obligations to the education requirements of their future proposed developments. Again with the proposed land swap of Chorley New Road Primary School, this would in turn allow the whole of the south side of Chorley New Road to be regenerated.
Plan to build 140 houses on Horwich College site, How wrong is this Development. Plans to build One Hundred and Forty houses on the site of Bolton College have been approved, but are so wrong. A vast amount of Horwich people are against this development but are unable to get their objections across to the strategic planners or the councillors and the planning committee, due to the vagaries of planning procedures. The crux of the matter is, lost educational places and the loss yet again of sports fields there are so many planning applications pending and proposed for Horwich that the public cannot comprehend what is the overall situation. Planning applications for Horwich are submitted piecemeal, with no one standing back and looking at the overall scheme of things. So much so that planning applications from different developers contradict one another, Bluemantle who plan to build Seventeen Hundred houses on the Old Loco Works site, say in their application that there are no spare educational places in Horwich. Nor at the moment do they propose to supply any, yet here we are with another application proposing to demolish an educational building, that is not yet sixty years old, that could be adopted for Primary School use. Plus the application thwarts the aspirations of St Mary’s Primary School to expand to meet the impending future requirements. Not to mention the loss of a sports field, which are supposed to be provided by the council at a rate of 4.5 hectares per thousand capita? There are two alternatives that could be considered, firstly a Land swap, why not swap the site of Chorley New Road Primary School and the youth club site in Fox Street, In return for the college site. This would allow Chorley New Road Primary school to adopt the College building and also allow St Mary’s Primary School to expand has they wish, with both using the sports fields. On top of which the Bolton Lads and Girls Club could perhaps build a satellite club on the site comprising changing rooms and youth club, to fully utilise the sports field. Or get Bluemantle and Peel Holdings to buy the site to offset their future obligations to the education requirements of their future proposed developments. Again with the proposed land swap of Chorley New Road Primary School, this would in turn allow the whole of the south side of Chorley New Road to be regenerated. Brumas
  • Score: 7

4:12pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Brumas says...

How come we have not been Inundated with comments on such a serious matter, when we get hundreds of comments on trivia?
How come we have not been Inundated with comments on such a serious matter, when we get hundreds of comments on trivia? Brumas
  • Score: 6

6:08am Sat 7 Jun 14

notgonehome says...

the only way Horwich and other towns under Bolton MBC control to survive is to get out from under that control.
the only way Horwich and other towns under Bolton MBC control to survive is to get out from under that control. notgonehome
  • Score: 5

10:11am Sat 7 Jun 14

marco999 says...

And so the spineless council let the greedy developers build again - kerching. It won't be long before Horwich becomes bumper to bumper and grid-locked like neighbouring Westhoughton after every available bit of green space has been built upon and we’re all living shoulder to shoulder. They're building houses on the old market site; there are plans for houses on the old loco works site. You can't park in the town centre now so what is it going to be like with nearly 2000 new homes, each with 2 cars adding volume to the towns roads? Eventually the greedy developers will get their grasping hands on Rivington and in the decades to come we’ll probably see the Pike ripped down and replaced with ‘ stunning new apartments’.
And so the spineless council let the greedy developers build again - kerching. It won't be long before Horwich becomes bumper to bumper and grid-locked like neighbouring Westhoughton after every available bit of green space has been built upon and we’re all living shoulder to shoulder. They're building houses on the old market site; there are plans for houses on the old loco works site. You can't park in the town centre now so what is it going to be like with nearly 2000 new homes, each with 2 cars adding volume to the towns roads? Eventually the greedy developers will get their grasping hands on Rivington and in the decades to come we’ll probably see the Pike ripped down and replaced with ‘ stunning new apartments’. marco999
  • Score: 3

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