Emery Planning has worked closely with Peel Investments (North) Ltd and Randall Thorp (landscape architects) to create a high quality scheme which will help to meet the increasing demands within the area for family housing, including much needed affordable housing.
This website provides details of the proposed development and seeks comments from the local community. This is an opportunity for you to provide us with your views and ideas to help us form the final scheme, before a planning application is submitted to the Council.
The site is in a sustainable location, with good connections to both the local highway and public transport networks. It also benefits from access to the neighbouring shops and services provided within Horwich town centre to the north-west, and Middlebrook to the south, making this a suitable location for new housing.
In planning policy terms, the site is allocated within the Bolton Council’s Allocations Plan as “Other Protected Open Land”. Protected Open Land is identified in the Local Plan as countryside that could be appropriate for development in the future. None of the site is allocated as Green Belt.
The site covers approximately 18 hectares of land, the majority of which is currently in use by Horwich Golf Club. The course is tree lined and there are a number of trees along the boundary of the site and a wooded area within the site.
In addition to the 9-hole golf course there is a club house, car parking and ancillary storage buildings within the site. The golf club is accessible to members only; therefore there is no public access to this area with the exception of via the public rights of way that run along the perimeter of the site boundary.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states at paragraph 47 states that to boost significantly the supply of housing, local planning authorities should identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years of housing against their housing requirements with an additional buffer of 5%. Where there has been a record of persistent under delivery of housing, local planning authorities should increase the buffer to 20%.
It has been demonstrated and accepted by the council that it is currently unable to provide sufficient housing to meet its targets. There is significantly less than the required five year supply of housing. As such, new housing sites like this are required to meet the housing needs of the borough.
Outline planning permission allows for a decision on the general principles of how a site can be developed. In this instance that means establishing whether or not residential development is acceptable in this location. The details of the proposed accesses to the site off the primary vehicular access to the site would be taken from Victoria Road, in a location similar to that of the existing access to the golf club.
The primary vehicular access to the site would be taken from Victoria Road, with two further accesses provided from Bond Close and Mayfair, on the north and west boundaries of the site. Alterations will be made to the access off Victoria Road to provide a suitable access into the site to an acceptable standard.
There will be also access from the adjacent residential areas via Bond Close and Mayfair.
At this stage, the outline application proposed would only seek to address the means of access in detail, meaning that the Council would still need to agree full details of the layout, landscaping, scale and appearance elements, at a later date before development could commence on site in future.
The site offers significant opportunities to create an attractive and sustainably designed residential development which integrates well with existing facilities and the surrounding area.
To assist with the integration, the following measures are proposed:
As can be seen from the draft master plan, there would be substantial landscape buffers between existing and proposed residential development to the north, south-east and south-west. Existing properties would not be detrimentally affected by overlooking, overshadowing, noise and disturbance resulting from the proposed development.