CONTROVERSIAL plans to develop land in Horwich that residents have described as “looking like a concentration camp” will go before Bolton Council’s planning committee today.

An application to build on green belt land in Cotswold Drive has been re-submitted by Kevin and Gillian Gaskell, of Pennine Road, Horwich.

Mr and Mrs Gaskell want to build portal-framed buildings for housing livestock, storing agricultural equipment and stabling horses.

They also want to remove existing timber buildings and construct an area for exercising the horses.

Eleven neighbouring residents have formally objected to the application.

According to a council report, the objectors said the development will cause increased noise from livestock, vehicles and equipment.

In addition, a petition signed by 16 neighbours claimed that the development would mean the public could no longer get on to the site, which used to provide access to Rivington.

However, planning officers have recommended that councillors approve the proposals.