A DECISION is due to be issued tomorrow on whether controversial plans to build 300 homes in Westhoughton can go ahead.

An inquiry into Bolton Council’s refusal of an application for a housing estate near the Chequerbent Roundabout was held in June, and its result is expected to have major implications for the borough’s future development.

Persimmon Homes wants to build on the 45 acres of land at Lee Hall, while Harcourt Developments and Peel Investments also lodged objections to the council’s decision.

The town hall argued at the inquiry that the development would have a severe negative impact on the potential for a new Westhoughton bypass and increase traffic in the area.

However, developers said that the estate is needed to help meet Bolton’s housing shortage.

In August, the council lost an appeal over 129 homes planned for the nearby Bowlands Hey site.