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Westhoughton’s last-remaining open spaces could be sold off to housing developers under plans prepared by Labour council bosses.

Up to 5,000 houses could be built if the all the plans go ahead.

Say NO to the 5,000 houses

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Bolton Council has offered up a number of sites to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework to “ensure that we have the right land in the right places to deliver the homes and jobs we need up to 2035”.

Westhoughton residents will be horrified to learn that the sites put forward by Bolton Council include:

Open space at Quakerfields


Open space at Collingwood Way

Collingwood Way

Open space behind Oxlea Grove

Oxlea Grove

Public open space along Hindley Road

Hindley Road

Open space near Eatock Way

Eatock Way

Land next to Sainsbury’s and The Welland

The Welland / Sainsbury's land

Former council yard off Park Road

Council yard

Land adjacent to The Gates primary school behind Church Street

Land near The Gates

Council bosses also asked other landowners what sites they wanted to develop for houses. They needed no encouragement to submit vast areas of Westhoughton, including:

  • Land to the west of Wingates Industrial Estate
  • Bowlands Hey, to the north of Wigan Road and the west of Church Street
  • Burnt House Farm, north of Dobb Brow
  • Lee Hall from Chequerbent roundabout to Wigan boundary
  • Lands Farm from Hindley Road to Atherton
  • Ditchers Farm from the A6 to the motorway
  • Land off Chew Moor Lane, going up the slope of Snydale Hill
  • Land between Bolton Road and the A6, west of Snydale Gate Farm
  • The entire Hulton estate (land between Lee Hall, Newbrook Road, the A6 and Atherton)
  • Land north of the A6 up to the motorway between Chequerbent and Four Lane Ends

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson is campaigning against the over-development of Westhoughton because he believes the town’s infrastructure cannot cope with extra houses.

He said: “These plans are very worrying. Westhoughton’s roads are already struggling to cope with a huge amount of traffic.”

It comes as Bolton Council permitted 106 houses on Roscoes Farm but allowed the developers to escape paying more than £2 million in community funding by £2million – money that was supposed to be spent on education, health and providing affordable homes.

Westhoughton residents are urged to support David Wilkinson for Westhoughton South and Derek Gradwell for Westhoughton North in the Thursday 5 May local elections to send a strong message: no infrastructure, no more houses.

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