A decision on the plans by Peel to build more than 1,000 houses and a golf course at Hulton Estate is now due to be made in February or March.
Hundreds of residents have backed calls for Bolton Council to refuse the plans, fearing Westhoughton’s roads, including the Chequerbent roundabout, just wouldn’t be able to cope with the extra traffic. It would also see the development of beautiful land untouched for hundreds of years.
Westhoughton town councillor Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon recently said she was “horrified” at the decision by a planning inspector to approve 300 houses on the neighbouring Lee Hall site. She added: “I now fear that this will open the floodgates for thousands more houses at Hulton Estate.
“Westhoughton just cannot cope with all these extra houses without serious investment in our roads, doctors, schools and dentists.”