More than 20 new homes will be built as part of the final phase of a major new housing development.

This comes after Bolton Council gave the go-ahead for 21 new homes to be built as part of the Bluebell Walk development in Westhoughton.

The new homes will be built by developer Persimmon Homes under their Charles Church brand.

Charles Church North West development director Chris Kershaw said: “We’re delighted that Bolton Council has granted permission for the final 21 homes on our Bluebell Walk development.

“We are committed to building high-quality, affordable homes for local people, and this development provides a mix of house sizes for families and downsizers alike.

The Bolton News: The full Bluebell Walk development includes around 300 homesThe full Bluebell Walk development includes around 300 homes (Image: Cass Associates)

“Our development also provides significant funding for education in the local area.”

The completed Bluebell Walk site will be made up of around 300 homes and had been controversial when first proposed nearly a decade ago.

The scheme was first refused by Bolton Council, but this decision was then overruled by the government after an inquiry in June 2017, which allowed it to go ahead.

But since then, developers Persimmon have contributed more than £370,000 to Bolton Council to help provide primary school places.

These have been at The Gates Primary School and at St George’s CofE Primary School.

The plans also include around nine acres of open public space, which is about the same size as four and a half football pitches.

One of the conditions had also been to build and open a “through road” from the Chequerbent Roundabout to Platt Lane.

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But after safety concerns were raised, Bolton Council agreed that the developers do not yet need to make the new road open to the public.

A consultation is set to be carried out amongst people in Westhoughton before this decision on the through road is finalised.

The final set of 21 homes are set to be a mix of four- and five-bedroom houses, while across the wider Bluebell Walk development as a whole homes will range from one bedroom to five.

Persimmon says that 105 of the newly built houses across the wider development will be turned over to a housing association.