A developer which will build 106 new houses off Bolton Road will pay LESS money to improve local services after the Labour council agreed to lower a deal with them.
Before housebuilders get permission to build new homes they have to agree to give money to improve local roads, schools, health facilities and fund affordable homes in order to reduce the strain on the community.
For developers building on the former Roscoes Farm that figure was supposed to be just over £3 million.
But Bolton Council said they believed there would be little impact on local roads such as already jam-packed Bolton Road. The entrance to the site will be from the Forshaw’s depot next to Westhoughton High School. Most of the homes will be luxury 4-bedroom detached properties.
The developer, Peel Holdings, argued that giving £3 million to the community would eat too much into their profits. This is the same developer that splashed out on buying 1,000 acres of Westhoughton land at a whopping cost of £8 million.
Town hall bosses at Labour-run Bolton Council agreed to lower this to just £805,000.
Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said: “This is absolutely outrageous. The developers have saved themselves a tidy £2.2 million with some help from this Labour council, while the strain on local services continues to grow.
“They must be living on another planet if they think there will be no impact on local roads. The extra money would have been very helpful for improving Westhoughton’s facilities, infrastructure and providing affordable homes. Once again it shows just how out of touch Labour really is.”