A DEVELOPER'S plan to change the designs of houses due to be built on the site of Bolton's last greyhound stadium will be discussed by town councillors.

Members of Westhoughton Town Council will decide whether to raise any objections to Sparkle Developments' proposal to alter the 50 homes it wants construct on the land in Wigan Road.

The firm, which is also responsible for the Grundy Fold Farm build in Horwich, received planning permission to regenerate the land where the Westhoughton racing track used to be, in 2015.

The stadium was demolished in 2014, following the initial permission for 38 homes, but it took until May last year to sign the legal agreements following a second application to increase the size of the development to 50 homes.

But now Sparkle wants to build different types of houses to "better reflect current market trends" and has submitted another planning application to Bolton Council.

As a result of the changes, there would be 35 smaller detached properties and 15 semi-detached or terraced properties, of which 33 are three-bed and 17 are four-bed.

The planning statement said: "Due to changes in the local housing market since the original scheme was prepared, the scheme as approved no longer provides the optimum size and configuration of house types required by potential homeowners.

"For example, the approved scheme proposed 11 large 5-bed properties, each nearly 2,000sqft in size, whereas the current market conditions indicate that in this location properties of this nature are too large."

It added: "The proposal would facilitate redevelopment/regeneration of the site to the benefit of the character of the area improving the overall landscape setting for the wider area, remove the dog track and other ancillary structures eg pole mounted lighting, which are harmful to the overall character of the area.

"The proposed addition of new dwellings would provide a positive contribution to the borough’s housing land supply whilst meeting members’ aspirations for additional section 106 contributions."

The application will be discussed at Westhoughton Town Council's planning and annual meeting, which will be held at the town hall in Market Street at 7pm on Monday.

For more information or to view the agenda, go to the Westhoughton Town Council website.