Residents will have the chance to have their say on a developer’s plans to build more than 200 houses over a Bolton golf course.

The proposal will see 208 houses built on what had previously been private land on Horwich Golf Club off Victoria Road.

Developer Northstone, part of Peel L&P, says that the company intends to keep existing woodland while creating new links on public rights of way in the area and plans to let local people give their feedback before finalising their plans.

Northstone head of partnerships and development Joanna Allen said: “Northstone wants to set a high standard for new, sustainable homes in this part of Bolton and we now want to hear how residents would like us to develop the detail of this already consented scheme to suit their needs and ambitions of the community.

“We’re excited to open up the site for new public space, footpaths, play areas and trees to allow new and existing residents to enjoy the natural environment surrounding their homes.  

“Residents can view our virtual exhibition to find out more, ask questions, and submit their feedback to help us shape the final proposals before we submit a detailed planning application in the coming months.”

The Bolton News:

More than 200 homes will be built on the site

Peel L&P first bought Horwich Golf Club in 2012 and the nine-hole course is set to close next year when funding support ends.

The plans to build houses on the site were approved on appeal last August by the government’s planning inspectorate, having at first been refused by Bolton Council’s planning committee.

The Bolton News:

The footpath at Horwich Golf Club

Cllr Marie Brady, who represents the area on Bolton Council and had previously described the decision to overrule the council’s rejection of the plan as a “kick in the teeth” said she would have to see the consultation in more detail but was glad local people would have a chance to give their view.

She said: “I’m pleased that they’re consulting but whether they actually take people’s views on board remains to be seen.”

The public consultation will be open between Monday March 14 and Monday March 28.

A virtual exhibition is available on the website.