MORE than 190 new homes are set to be built across Hindley Green, Tyldesley and Leigh after a trio of planning applications were given the thumbs up.

The proposed developments on vacant land to the south of Alder Lane in Hindley Green, on agricultural land east of Coldalhurst Farm in Tyldesley and at the former SC Chadwick and Sons Ltd waste and scrap metal transfer station on Manchester Road in Leigh were approved by Wigan Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

They will see 84, 81 and 27 new homes built respectively.

Cllr David Molyneux, cabinet member for regeneration at the council, said: “It is vital we support appropriate housing development to keep up with the need for housing and to support growth in our local economy.

“It is also important we provide a variety of homes for our existing residents and also to attract people to our borough.

“Good quality new housing along with improved transport links and employment opportunities provides the right mix to keep our local economy growing.”

The Hindley application, submitted by Persimmon Homes, was originally for 124 homes but the number has been reduced following negotiations with planning officers.

The site had been earmarked for industrial development and is currently overgrown and not used.

An outline planning application was approved for a mixture of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes with 25 per cent of the 84-property development offering affordable housing.

A reserved matters application now needs to be submitted for the final seal of approval.

Such an application was approved for the privately owned Tyldesley site.

Redrow Homes’ development will be a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced homes.

There will be 20 two-bed, 19 three-bed and 42 four-bed homes offering a range of accommodation for individuals and small and large families.

The 81-home development will also include large areas of open space, a pond and a new landscaping design.

There are a number of trees on the land which have preservation orders and will be incorporated into the gardens of the properties.

The 27-home Leigh development was approved after a site visit was conducted in response to concerns raised by residents.

They included loss of privacy, building on the Pendleton Fault, disturbance by construction vehicles, the use of Kenwood Avenue as a ‘rat run’ for the Higher Folds estate, no affordable housing included in the development, existing parking issues, the presence of bats, flooding and rats, removal of waste and a lack of neighbour notification.

But the council concluded there were no grounds to justify Oaktree (Construction and Management) Ltd’s application for a mixture of detached and semi-detached homes to be built on brown belt land to be refused.

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework aims to allow 25,000 new homes to be built by 2035.