Consent granted for 150 new homes

Planning committee members have given the green light to 150 new homes in Wigan.

Persimmon Homes aims to start work on the site, to the east of Pocket Nook Farm in Lowton, early next year following the approval by Wigan Council on Tuesday.

Neil Follows, managing director for Persimmon Homes North West, said:

“We are pleased to achieve planning approval for this development, which will create jobs, stimulate the economy and bring much needed housing to the area.”

The development, to be known as The Pastures, will include two, three, four and five bedroom homes with a children’s play area as a central focal point.

Neil added:

“Persimmon has agreed to pay the council almost £1 million towards improving infrastructure in the area in accordance with the Golborne and Lowton Infrastructure Assessment.

“We see investment of this type in the North West as vital for economic recovery, creating new jobs both directly at the site and indirectly through the supply chain and within the community. The site is identified as a ‘broad location’ for development in the Wigan Core Strategy and forms part of a draft allocation for housing in the Wigan Allocations and Development Management Local Plan.

“We are pleased to have achieved planning approval for development, after close liaison with the local authority and other consultees. It follows good urban design principles, and offers significant areas of green space well in excess of policy requirement.”

A network of paths will connect to existing public rights of way making the areas of open space easily accessible to future residents and the surrounding community. New ponds will provide sustainable drainage and enhance the ecological diversity of the site.

Other benefits include 25 per cent of the homes being affordable as social rent and intermediate tenures.

The first properties are expected to be released for sale by January 2017.

Persimmon Homes North West have new homes developments throughout Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.