RESIDENTS will continue the fight against plans to build thousands of new homes in Lowton and Golborne despite other possible sites for the construction work being rejected.
Up to 2,200 new houses could be built on sites in Lowton near the East Lancs Road, with another 30 in Golborne, under the Core Strategy, Wigan Council’s document for meeting the borough’s future housing provision.
While campaigners across the borough who had reacted with fury to the inclusion of Green Belt sites in other parts of Wigan being put into the consultation, protestors against the plans in Lowton were forced to see the building work in their backyards move a significant step closer.
However, they remain adamant the construction plans are wrong for the area and vowed to fight developers every step of the way.
Around 1,200 objections were submitted from the area to the local authority, and campaign leaders have promised to put up a strong case when the revised Core Strategy plans are resubmitted to a public enquiry and the Government inspector.
Ed Thwaite, the chair of the Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF), which has led the campaign against the Core Strategy, said: “The number of objections shows clearly the strength of feeling, and many residents here are very against the plans.
“This area is totally congested and there’s no mention of any change to that situation. It all seems to me that no-one cares about communities and getting the best for the people who already live here.
“The reason they want to build in Lowton is because they can sell aspirational houses in this area, which will bring in people from outside the area, but every town and area in Lancashire is trying to relieve the recession by doing exactly the same thing. We will put up a fierce resistance and will put our case to the inspector.”
Council head of planning and transport Mike Worden said: “Compared to Standish, the Golborne and Lowton area is better served by road and public transport, has more opportunities to develop better public transport options in the future, has more of a developed employment base and is much closer to the main regional conurbations of Liverpool and Manchester.”