Bellway are still building the Bowlands Hey Phase I (129 houses) off Collingwood Way and are now tree felling, grubbing out hedgerows and soil stripping on Phase II ( 169 houses).
Both these sites were approved by a government planning inspector after 3 public inquiries.
They have now been seen digging test pits and surveying in the fields beyond Dobb Brow Road (the dirt footpath from Dobb Brow to Old Lane). This area goes up to the railway line we are expect another planning application for a couple hundred houses any time.
This will mean that The Fairways will be extended into the sites with a bridge over Pennington Brook.
This will leave 3 unbuilt areas this side of the railway.
West of Dobb Brow owned by Bellway North of Dobb Brow was put forward in 2015 as an housing site. Part of Westhoughton golf course. The other side of the railway line.
Peel have applied for a massive new industrial estate, we are awaiting the decision of the Secretary of State Robert Jenrick if he will give planning permission for this green belt site.
With his decision last year to allow a 1,000 plus houses on the Hulton estate on the east side of Westhoughton its not looking good.
If he gives permission then it’s likely that it will open up all the Green Belt land in Wingates, Four Gates, Brinsop and the Hilton House areas of Westhoughton.