A final proposal has been entered to build more than 200 houses over a former golf course, with a decision expected in the coming months.

If granted, the final plan will see a total of 208 homes build on what was once Horwich Golf Club, which was taken over by developers Peel L&P in 2012, as well as changes to the highways alignment approaching Bond Close.

The proposal to build houses over the site has proved controversial amongst residents after an outline plan was approved on appeal by the government in August last year, but housebuilder Northstone says the company has listened to people’s concerns.

Development director Jonathan England said: “We would like to thank all those who engaged with the pre-application consultation to provide their views.

“The feedback received throughout this ongoing process has helped us shape the plans for the site with the Horwich community in mind, whilst delivering much-needed affordable homes and publicly accessible green spaces.

“Northstone is proud of our revised plans for Horwich Golf Club, which have been thoroughly designed with place-making at the core to deliver a sustainable and vibrant new community.

“We now look forward to continuing working with the Council as they consider our application.”

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An artist's impression of the proposed new homes

The change to the highway alignment has been part of this process, with Northstone claiming that this will help to minimise the traffic flow along the route.

The company also says that 71 of the 208 new houses will be classified as “affordable” while their plan includes new community greenspace land off Victoria Road.

This comes after developers opened their proposals to a public consultation last month to try and allay people’s concerns over the environmental impact of the plans as well as possible increases to traffic in the area.

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Horwich Golf Club

Northstone says that it hopes to create a “sustainable extension” to the Horwich community and will open up new land on the golf course that had previously been privately owned to residents in the area.

A final decision is now set to be made by Bolton Council over the next few months.