A town council has voted to reject plans to build a huge housing estate on a golf course.
Last month Northstone – a company owned by property giant Peel L&P – submitted a third bid to build homes at Horwich Golf Club.
The latest proposals, for 150 homes, follow rejected proposals to build 300 houses at the site in 2019. Peel was rebuffed for a second time earlier this year after reducing the number of planned homes to 276.
On Thursday (October 22), Horwich Town Council voted to reject the proposals for a third time.
But Bolton council’s planning department has recommended that the final decision should be made by planning officers.
The Stocks Residents Association (SRA) has been vocal in its opposition to the plans from the start.
Chairman Malcolm Harrison said: “It would be a sad day for democracy if this was allowed to happen. It would prevent our councillors from debating the issues and remove public participation.
“High profile cases like this should not be allowed to be rubber stamped behind closed doors.
“Bolton council has committed to make the land green belt and has proposed this in its submission to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
“This application is in conflict with many of the council’s planning commitments, core strategies and national policy.
“We urge residents of Horwich to send objections to the council and we urge our neighbours across Bolton and Greater Manchester to do the same – to prevent a worrying precedent being set for all our open green spaces.”
Objections can be made through the council’s planning website or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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