Bolton Council will be accused of double standards if it approves Peel’s plans for a £100million golf course and 1,000 new houses on Westhoughton’s last remaining greenbelt land after refusing a golf club’s plans elsewhere.
Regents Park Golf Club’s plans for an extension to create a new bar and restaurant were refused by Bolton Council recently because the land is in the protected greenbelt. The club has been there since 1932.
However, Westhoughton residents fear the same rules might not apply when Bolton Council comes to decide on mega corporation Peel’s plans to concrete over the Hulton Estate, at Over Hulton, which has remained untouched for hundreds of years.
Westhoughton Liberal Democrat councillor David Wilkinson, who has led a campaign against the unwanted development, said: “All eyes will be on Bolton Council to see what they do next. Will Labour uphold greenbelt regulations when it comes to Peel’s plans or will they give them the green light?”
Beleaguered Bolton Council leader Cliff Morris, who is facing calls to resign, recently awarded a £2.2million grant to a company wholly owned by housebuilders Peel sparking fresh fury among residents.
One resident told us: “Peel want to build a new golf course on greenbelt land but it will be interesting to see how ‘absolutely inappropriate’ that one pans out with council when the planning application arrives.”