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Hartley's Farm development at Wingates Lane

Bitter blow to Wingates as inspector approves Hartley’s Farm plans

Plans for 58 houses at Hartley’s Farm have been granted permission thanks to hated Tory planning rules.

A planning inspector has decided to approve the development off Wingates Lane just before the motorway.

Wingates town councillor Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon said: “The very poor road conditions on Church Lane and Wingates Lane and the loss of another large area of open green space was not enough to persuade the inspector to listen to the concerns of local residents.”

“I’m really angry about this decision. It completely disregards everything we have been warning about for months.”

Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon on Wingates Lane
Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon on Wingates Lane

The developer will provide no new facilities to cope with the pressure of a growing population in Wingates.

The decision was based on the fact that Bolton Council does not have enough land allocated to meet the Government’s requirements for a five year supply.

However, there are thousands of plots across the country with planning permission which have not yet been developed which would meet that target.

Even with every planning permission granted under the rules from the Tory Government it means the five year supply is never met and developers can keep land banking sites and not build a single house.

Thanks to these rules from the Tory Government not a single field in Westhoughton is safe from development – possibly opening up the prospect of up to 10,000 new houses across the town.