Controversial plans to build more than 100 houses are up for debate next week.

If approved, the proposal will see a total of 112 homes build on land north of Radcliffe Road in Breightmet.

Most of the site is on previously developed urban land and is partly owned by Bolton Council.

The developers behind the scheme are Morris Homes North.

A  planning report set to go before councillors, stated: “The development will be modern but reflect much of the local traditional architectural detailing such as windows and chimneys on gable ends, stone cills and arched brick headers, brick eaves, detailing to verges and pediments with corbels, bays and arched windows and simple window style.”

It added: “The landscape impact and effects on the openness of the Green Belt and its purposes have been assessed in detail.

The Bolton News: The plans will be up for debate next weekThe plans will be up for debate next week (Image: Bolton Council)

“It is considered the harm caused to the Green Belt’s openness is outweighed by the delivery of housing and lack of conflict with the purposes of the Green Belt, leading to a recommendation to approve.”

The proposed site north of Radcliffe Road is around 2km east of Bolton town centre and 1km north west of Little Lever, within a 20 minute walk of shops at Breightmet retail park and a 20 minute bike ride to Bolton town centre.

The project comes amid ongoing plans to redevelop the area around Breightmet, with plans to build 40 new homes on the former site of SS Osmund’s RC Primary School approved last June.

The Bolton News: The proposed site in BreightmetThe proposed site in Breightmet (Image: Google Maps)

There is also an ongoing appeal to build 88 homes on the site of the former home of Wyresdale AFC, off Inverbeg Drive which had previously been thrown out by Bolton Council.

Not far away in Darcy Lever, a debate has also opened up about the possibility of building more than 100 homes on the site of a former railway cutting.

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But the Radcliffe Road plan has attracted controversy, with 16 letters of objection having been sent to Bolton Council.

Concerns range from the loss of wildlife and greenspace, lack of school places and the pressure on NHS services to fears that Radcliffe Road is too narrow to accommodate the extra cars.

The plan will now be debated at a meeting of Bolton Council’s planning committee on Thursday March 23 before a final vote is taken.