Massive plan for 1,700 homes in Horwich will be decided at special meeting next month

Cllr Kevin McKeon says preparation is key

Cllr Kevin McKeon says preparation is key

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

THE future of one of Horwich’s biggest ever planning applications will be decided at a specially organised meeting next month.

A decision will be made whether to grant outline planning permission to build 1,700 homes on the site of the former Horwich Loco Works at a meeting of Bolton Council’s planning committee on August 21 in the town hall’s council chamber at 2pm.

The scale of the application means a special meeting has been arranged where the Loco Works will be the only order of business.

Developers, Horwich Vision, submitted the plans in January — which also include provision for 20 acres of employment land and 50 acres of open space.

It will include pedestrian and cycle routes.

Since then, residents have voiced concerns on a range of issues including the impact on the area’s roads, the strain put on Horwich’s existing school and healthcare facilities and the possible health risks because of asbestos on the former factory site.

Horwich’s council leader, Cllr Kevin McKeon previously said he supported the plans but asked for assurances on the removal of any contamination and called for transport mitigation in the area.

He said he now believes the length of time taken between the application submission and committee meeting date is down to “an awful lot of preparation work being undertaken”.

Cllr McKeon added: “This is the biggest application for Horwich that I can remember and the decision will have great implications for the future of the town.

“I want people to know the worries many have had with regard to issues such as contamination and highways have been considered as well as issues about infrastructure for things like schools and healthcare facilities.

“The development of this site will not be easy — but it is important for the overall housing needs of the borough.”

Horwich resident Michael Stevens said people in the town are expecting the plans to be passed as “a formality”.

He added: “We don’t feel like our local town council in Horwich has done enough for us in terms of addressing the issues — we feel they sold out.

“It is just too much in one area.”

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9:52am Thu 24 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

We Need More Homes For The Overspill Of People From All Over The World, There Are Well Over One Million Illegal Immigrants In This Country And It Will Increase According To Sky News, Millions More From Refugee Camps In Africa, Middle East Conflicts.
We Need More Homes For The Overspill Of People From All Over The World, There Are Well Over One Million Illegal Immigrants In This Country And It Will Increase According To Sky News, Millions More From Refugee Camps In Africa, Middle East Conflicts. Gore Seer
  • Score: -5

10:49am Thu 24 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

It is disgusting that they are wanting to knock down so many of the buildings on the site. Has anyone of them actually been in them to see what hidden gems remain? No! They also need to re-instate a rail link to serve this new development as the traffic, which is already chaotic enough will become unbearable. A rail link would be highly beneficial to the new development and I am surprised it has not been looked at! Common sense people, common sense!
It is disgusting that they are wanting to knock down so many of the buildings on the site. Has anyone of them actually been in them to see what hidden gems remain? No! They also need to re-instate a rail link to serve this new development as the traffic, which is already chaotic enough will become unbearable. A rail link would be highly beneficial to the new development and I am surprised it has not been looked at! Common sense people, common sense! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 13

12:48pm Thu 24 Jul 14

madsi1982 says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
It is disgusting that they are wanting to knock down so many of the buildings on the site. Has anyone of them actually been in them to see what hidden gems remain? No! They also need to re-instate a rail link to serve this new development as the traffic, which is already chaotic enough will become unbearable. A rail link would be highly beneficial to the new development and I am surprised it has not been looked at! Common sense people, common sense!
Rail Link????

Have you ever noticed the stations at Middlebrook and Blackrod? 5-10mins walk from this new development.
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: It is disgusting that they are wanting to knock down so many of the buildings on the site. Has anyone of them actually been in them to see what hidden gems remain? No! They also need to re-instate a rail link to serve this new development as the traffic, which is already chaotic enough will become unbearable. A rail link would be highly beneficial to the new development and I am surprised it has not been looked at! Common sense people, common sense![/p][/quote]Rail Link???? Have you ever noticed the stations at Middlebrook and Blackrod? 5-10mins walk from this new development. madsi1982
  • Score: 5

3:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

marco999 says...

It is a worry that 1700 new houses probably equals at least 3,000 more cars taking up space on Horwich roads. At 9am this morning I tried to find a parking space in the centre and couldn't - so what will it be like with another three thousand cars coming into the area? If they do pass this and build the houses, the queues at the Winter Hey Lane / Chorley New Road crossroads and the Beehive roundabout will be insane at rush hour. With over-development, Horwich will become just like Westhoughton - a vast sprawling housing estate with grid locked roads at peak times. I am the fourth generation of my family to live in Horwich and I’ve loved living here and been proud of the towns heritage but I'm seriously considering moving before we all become hemmed in and grid locked.
It is a worry that 1700 new houses probably equals at least 3,000 more cars taking up space on Horwich roads. At 9am this morning I tried to find a parking space in the centre and couldn't - so what will it be like with another three thousand cars coming into the area? If they do pass this and build the houses, the queues at the Winter Hey Lane / Chorley New Road crossroads and the Beehive roundabout will be insane at rush hour. With over-development, Horwich will become just like Westhoughton - a vast sprawling housing estate with grid locked roads at peak times. I am the fourth generation of my family to live in Horwich and I’ve loved living here and been proud of the towns heritage but I'm seriously considering moving before we all become hemmed in and grid locked. marco999
  • Score: 15

12:17am Fri 25 Jul 14

Ernagy2 says...

madsi1982 wrote:
FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
It is disgusting that they are wanting to knock down so many of the buildings on the site. Has anyone of them actually been in them to see what hidden gems remain? No! They also need to re-instate a rail link to serve this new development as the traffic, which is already chaotic enough will become unbearable. A rail link would be highly beneficial to the new development and I am surprised it has not been looked at! Common sense people, common sense!
Rail Link????

Have you ever noticed the stations at Middlebrook and Blackrod? 5-10mins walk from this new development.
Have you noticed that the car parks are already full? Everyday except weekends. A rail link would be a good idea. Surprised there isn't a mosque involved though. I mean, Bolton loves its mosques
[quote][p][bold]madsi1982[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: It is disgusting that they are wanting to knock down so many of the buildings on the site. Has anyone of them actually been in them to see what hidden gems remain? No! They also need to re-instate a rail link to serve this new development as the traffic, which is already chaotic enough will become unbearable. A rail link would be highly beneficial to the new development and I am surprised it has not been looked at! Common sense people, common sense![/p][/quote]Rail Link???? Have you ever noticed the stations at Middlebrook and Blackrod? 5-10mins walk from this new development.[/p][/quote]Have you noticed that the car parks are already full? Everyday except weekends. A rail link would be a good idea. Surprised there isn't a mosque involved though. I mean, Bolton loves its mosques Ernagy2
  • Score: 6

12:38am Fri 25 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

I'm afraid the decision will most likely have already been made. Bolton Council are utter cr*p With 1700 more council tax bills at a probable average of £1,200.00 / year, you can see the clowns in the clown hall rubbing their hands at an extra £2,040,000 rolling in every year.

As for the number of extra vehicles, I'd bet it's nearer 4,500.
I'm afraid the decision will most likely have already been made. Bolton Council are utter cr*p With 1700 more council tax bills at a probable average of £1,200.00 / year, you can see the clowns in the clown hall rubbing their hands at an extra £2,040,000 rolling in every year. As for the number of extra vehicles, I'd bet it's nearer 4,500. wsw69
  • Score: 8

3:04pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Horwich Observer says...

Where are all these extra children going to go to school? The local schools are already full. You have to be ill a week in advance to get an appointment with the GP. And like the above have said, Horwich is already grid locked during rush hour.
Where are all these extra children going to go to school? The local schools are already full. You have to be ill a week in advance to get an appointment with the GP. And like the above have said, Horwich is already grid locked during rush hour. Horwich Observer
  • Score: 6

4:36pm Fri 25 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

madsi1982 wrote:
FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
It is disgusting that they are wanting to knock down so many of the buildings on the site. Has anyone of them actually been in them to see what hidden gems remain? No! They also need to re-instate a rail link to serve this new development as the traffic, which is already chaotic enough will become unbearable. A rail link would be highly beneficial to the new development and I am surprised it has not been looked at! Common sense people, common sense!
Rail Link????

Have you ever noticed the stations at Middlebrook and Blackrod? 5-10mins walk from this new development.
5 to 10 minute walk? Ok! There used to be a rail link from Horwich Fork Junction to the Loco Works and to Station Park. It wouldn't take much to re-connect the line!
[quote][p][bold]madsi1982[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: It is disgusting that they are wanting to knock down so many of the buildings on the site. Has anyone of them actually been in them to see what hidden gems remain? No! They also need to re-instate a rail link to serve this new development as the traffic, which is already chaotic enough will become unbearable. A rail link would be highly beneficial to the new development and I am surprised it has not been looked at! Common sense people, common sense![/p][/quote]Rail Link???? Have you ever noticed the stations at Middlebrook and Blackrod? 5-10mins walk from this new development.[/p][/quote]5 to 10 minute walk? Ok! There used to be a rail link from Horwich Fork Junction to the Loco Works and to Station Park. It wouldn't take much to re-connect the line! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 2

11:10pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Steven Chadwick says...

A rail link would be a fantastic idea and would help alleviate many (not all) of the concerns regarding lack of infrastructure!
A rail link would be a fantastic idea and would help alleviate many (not all) of the concerns regarding lack of infrastructure! Steven Chadwick
  • Score: 1

1:28pm Thu 31 Jul 14

boydell says...

As I have said before in previous posts, Horwich/Bolton council are a law unto themselves and they will pass this plan no matter what the people of Horwich say or do. Their opinions count for nothing.
These past few years the traffic from Horwich to the beehive is horrendous and it will just get worse. Nothing has been done along this stretch of road to alleviate all the extra traffic since Middlebrook was built. Any local Horwich people who I discussed this plan with don't believe for one minute that something will be done to the infrastructure to cope with the extra traffic. If Mr McKeon thinks that people believe what he says, he is making a big mistake. In Mr McKeons own words "the dicision will have great implications for the future of the town" He had better believe it !!
If this plan goes ahead and nothing is done traffic wise, he... and his dicisions had better head for the hills !!
As I have said before in previous posts, Horwich/Bolton council are a law unto themselves and they will pass this plan no matter what the people of Horwich say or do. Their opinions count for nothing. These past few years the traffic from Horwich to the beehive is horrendous and it will just get worse. Nothing has been done along this stretch of road to alleviate all the extra traffic since Middlebrook was built. Any local Horwich people who I discussed this plan with don't believe for one minute that something will be done to the infrastructure to cope with the extra traffic. If Mr McKeon thinks that people believe what he says, he is making a big mistake. In Mr McKeons own words "the dicision will have great implications for the future of the town" He had better believe it !! If this plan goes ahead and nothing is done traffic wise, he... and his dicisions had better head for the hills !! boydell
  • Score: 4

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