Labour town hall bosses asked developers to submit sites for house building, resulting in plans for more than 4,000 houses across Westhoughton.
Developers want to build 1,000 houses at Hulton Estate and already have permission for 300 at Lee Hall, while building work on 129 at Bowlands Hey has begun.
The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework identifies where developers want to build. Labour town hall chiefs asked them to come forward with new sites.
When Liberal Democrat campaigners proposed a vote to pull out of the framework, Labour’s three Westhoughton borough councillors chose to keep the building plans.
Our campaigner Deirdre McGeown, who is standing in the White Horse by-election on Thursday 8 March, said: “Labour were quite happy to ask developers for their views, but when it came to asking residents, it was too little, too late.”