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Debate forced after residents' object to planning application
7:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
OBJECTIONS raised by residents of a Leigh estate have forced a planning application to be debated.
A strip of land that up until now has been leased to Leigh Rugby Union Football Club is the proposed location for a new 61-house development by Wain Homes.
People who live around the Thames Avenue site are concerned the development could threaten the nature of the neighbourhood.
Neil Prescott lives on Chesnut Avenue and has been chosen by the residents to speak at the planning committee, which has been forced after Wigan Council received the 10 objections required.
He said: “Our main concern is that this will fundamentally change the character of the neighbourhood, not just by the extra traffic but this is a quiet area and it will be affected by noise and light pollution.
“Planning for this piece of land has been denied by the council twice in the past in relation to lack of access for emergency vehicles and there is also a nature reserve nearby and we are worried about the effect this will have on the wildlife in the area.”
Some residents also feel they were not informed of the application in the best way, with discrepancies between when residents received letters.
Neil said: “The way information has been provided on the website has made it hard for people to see how the development will afffect them.
“We will only have four minutes at the committee to get our point across and if planning still gets approved there is nothing more that can be done.”
It is hoped the issue will be disccussed at the council’s planning committee meeting in October.
Mike Worden, Wigan Council assistant director of planning and transport, said: “We are currently assessing an application for housing on land adjacent to the rugby club at Thames Avenue.
“We have received a number of representations from residents and these will be taken into account when the planning committee considers the application.
“It is expected that the application will be on the agenda at next month’s committee.”
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