Developers must deliver 25% 'affordable' properties to get 600-home go-ahead
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government
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Developers must meet “serious, significant and strict” conditions if plans to build 600 homes in a Wigan village are to be approved.
A report by Wigan Council says the two schemes should only be given the go-ahead if developers include 150 'affordable homes' in their plans and provide £3 million for infrastructure improvements for the village of Standish.
Planners have been assessing the two separate applications to build in the Pepper Lane and Almond Brook Road area of Standish.
Private developers Wainhomes and Bloor Homes want to build 300 houses each.
A report from the council’s planning department has recommended the two applications be approved - if both developers guarantee to meet clear conditions.
The conditions include ensuring 25% of the homes are 'affordable' and that the developers pay £5,000 for every home built to fund extra school places, road and open space improvements and other infrastructure investments.
Councillor David Molyneux, the council's deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Our planning officers have assessed all of the information submitted by the developers, the public and other interested parties. They recommend the applications should be approved subject to serious, significant and strict conditions and legal agreements. Councillors on the planning committee will now consider these recommendations.
“I’d like to remind everyone the council never wanted to see any large scale housebuilding in Standish but the government insisted we include the area – along with Lowton and Golborne – in our housing plan. We’re determined to make the best of this situation ensuring any development is sensitive and we secure improvements in the local community to help mitigate the impact.”
Mike Worden, the council's assistant director planning and transport, said: “The land the developers originally wanted to build on could have easily accommodated 900 homes; however, after discussions with the council they reduced the area of the sites and lowered the number of houses proposed to 600.
“We have carefully assessed all of the evidence and information submitted by the developers and others and considered the applications against the housing plan, the core strategy, which requires 1,000 new houses in Standish.
"It’s now for the planning committee to make a decision. They will place significant importance on the views of over 300 residents who have written in to date.”