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The planning inquiry in the application by Persimmon Homes for 300 houses on the Lee Hall fields has been delayed until 2017.

The inquiry into the plans for the site north of Platt Lane going up to the Chequerbent was supposed to have got underway today in four days time.

Instead it came to a standstill today as the developers asked for time to model the traffic figures and the traffic flows on junction 5 of the motorway and the impact of the new 300 houses.


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Bolton Council is only objecting on highways grounds as it withdrew its objection to use of the green field site.

Labour councillors also withdrew the site’s protected open space status at an secret planning committee meeting which took place just days after they won the local elections in Westhoughton.

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said: “What they did was wrong.  The majority Labour councillors raised the white flag and said it was ok to build 300 houses on green fields. Residents have been well and truly let down.”

The planning inspector said today that she was not available until next year, so it now appears the adjourned inquiry will take place in January 2017 with a decision a few months later.

Developers are already applying to develop part of the massive Ditcher’s Farm site between the A6 and the motorway and surveyors have been seen on the Bowlands Hey site on the west side of Westhoughton.

David Wilkinson added: “When we raised these issues Labour councillors accused us of lying. Now it looks like we were right and people were misinformed just before they went to vote.”

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