AN MP's wife has been given permission to create five new residential dwellings at a property in Bolton's green belt.

Shkeela Kayani, who is married to Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan, applied to convert a garage, outbuilding and stables at their home in Stoneclough Radcliffe.

The application for Higher Heaps Barn in Ringley Road West was approved by planning officers earlier this month.

The previous landowners, Mark and Sarah Russell, also applied to convert a stable building in 2014.

However, the application to create one residential dwelling was granted on the condition that it would be used solely for private use by the Russell family.

The decision notice explains that this condition was in light of assurances given by the applicant as to how the development would be carried.

The Bolton News understands that the stable was not converted and the property was sold with the planning permission in place.

The latest application was submitted by Mrs Kayani in October last year.

This followed another application in 2018 to convert one stable building to a live-work unit.

Now permission has been granted to convert a double garage, outbuilding and stables to five dwellings together with parking and associated landscaping.

Neighbours objected to this latest application but it was approved with a number of conditions.

This includes the condition that no extensions, porches and garages shall be constructed.

Mrs Kayani will also be restricted from installing satellite dishes, solar panels or gates, unless already authorised in this application.

Bolton Council was asked why the conditions placed on Mr Khan's wife differed from the previous applicant.

A spokesman said: “The application was determined in accordance with the relevant policies and considerations, and each application is determined on its own merits.”

Mr Khan was Bolton's representative at the European Parliament until 2017 when he stood down from his role as MEP for the North West.

He was elected MP for Manchester Gorton at the last general election.