A developer has won permission to build 129 houses on green fields off Collingwood Way despite the objections of hundreds of local residents.
A government planning inspector overturned the decision by Bolton Council to refuse the plans.
Now Bellway Homes has won the right to build the houses despite concerns over the impact it would have on nearby roads such as Collingwood Way and Church Street, which is already congested.
Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said: “This is awful news for us all. Everyone has fought so hard against these plans but the developer has got their way.
“It won’t be long before they try for another 1,000 houses on the green fields at Bowland’s Hey which back on to this site. It’s the destruction of Westhoughton’s last remaining green fields before our very eyes.”