Anger at 300 homes plan in Clayton-le-Woods

Photo: IAN ROBINSON. Land near Wigan Road in Clayton-le-Woods where 300 homes could be built
Photo: IAN ROBINSON. Land near Wigan Road in Clayton-le-Woods where 300 homes could be built
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Controversial plans to build 300 houses on green fields between Chorley and Leyland have been approved.

Plans from developers Fox Land and Property (FLP) for the homes off A49 Wigan Road, Clayton-le-Woods, have been approved after a public inquiry.

Chorley Council previously threw out the proposals, which were first announced in April last year, but FLP said the decision was not made in the designated time, and went to public inquiry in March.

Now, the Secretary of State has allowed the development to go ahead - much to the anger of residents.

They are worried about the impact the new houses will have on the already-busy junction of Lancaster Lane and Wigan Road at the Hayrick pub.

FLP has promised to tackle teh fears with an upgrade of the traffic signals, widening of the junction, an extension of the lane on Wigan Road into Leyland Way, and installation of signal control technology at the A49/A6 Station Road junction.

Geoff Smith, 70, has lived on Lancaster Lane for 34 years.

He said: “As a community, we’re really not happy about this. We’re totally opposed to it.

“It will mean mayhem at the Hayrick traffic lights, and I don’t think the proposed changes will help.

“It’s frightening to think about the effect 300 homes will have on the area. It’s going to be hell.”

People are also concerned the approval could trigger the building of another 700 homes on the green fields between Wigan Road and Shady Lane.

At the public meeting in March, held at Chorley Town Hall, FLP argued the area is in need of the housing in relation to Chorley Council’s five year housing plan.

This states that 2,184 new houses should be built in the borough between 2009 and 2014, and that there should be enough land supply to cater for this.

The Secretary of State said there is currently a five-year supply of housing, but added that ‘growth provisions ... indicate a current need for additional housing provision in Clayton-le-Woods.’

He added ‘the provision of 30 per cent affordable housing is beneficial in the face of considerable under-supply and a pressing need, and the scheme will bring considerable improvements to the highway.’

Coun Alan Cullens, who is responsible for planning at Chorley Council, said: “We have just received the report and we are extremely disappointed with this decision.

“We will take time to go through the report before deciding whether to take any further action.”