PLANS to build 30 new homes on a fly-tipping blackspot have been put on hold as councillors want more information before they make a decision.

Jaga Group Developments applied to build 30 houses on an area of land between Farnworth and Great Lever.

The planning committee raised concerns about the environmental impact of the development at a meeting last week.

Cllr Norman Critchley said that the committee should not even discuss the proposal because it goes against the council’s brownfield-first policy.

He said: “I don’t think we have the authority to determine this application. If this council has got a policy, then we’ve got to adhere to that policy.”

However, Cllr Joyce Kellet disagreed, saying the land is currently unused.

She said: “It’s been neglected for so many years and for me this is the best way forward. It’s totally neglected land that and I think it needs something doing with it.”

Cllr Ann Cunliffe suggested deferring it so further investigations could be carried out.