PLANS to build homes on land have been refused after a series of objections were made.

An outline application was issued to construct four three-bedroom homes on Sandy Lane in Lowton in May.

The proposals attracted 13 objections from residents and two more from councillors.

Opinions aired in the councillors' representations expressed concerns that the plans would lead to an "inappropriate development" in an area of green belt land.

They also said "Lowton has far exceeded its quota of new houses and as such, it is not considered a further four are necessary".

A resident's objection states the site is "one of the last remaining unspoilt areas of Lowton, enjoyed by walkers as an entrance to the country park".

Another representation said: "Sandy Lane is already congested with traffic and parking problems with people using it as a cut through."

The area is identified by the local authority as a "wildlife corridor" which was also mentioned in the objections.

The proposals were criticised for being near a sharp bend on Sandy Lane, which has been labelled hazardous too.

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A Wigan Council planning report was prepared and concluded that "the proposal would represent inappropriate development within the Green Belt, and it would impact on the openness and fail to keep the land permanently open".

The application was officially turned down by the council on Monday.