PLANS have been revealed to build play areas in Westhoughton — but councillors have raised concerns about security.

An application was submitted to change the use of land at Acorn House in Dams Head Fold to hard and soft play areas.

The land would be divided into three areas — a toddlers play area, a pre-schoolers area and an out of school club play area, which would include swings and a climbing frame.

The proposal was discussed at a recent planning committee meeting at Westhoughton Town Council and members voted to recommend the application for deferral.

The response from the town council said: “This planning application was deferred and the town council requests clarity on the security of the play areas, which are unfenced and open to the road, clarity on the impact on the senior citizens’ bungalows, which are across the road, and clarity on pollution control.”

To view the plans for the play areas, search for reference number 01675/17 at