News: 20 January 2017Plans for 80 new homes approved in Standish

Working on behalf of Wainhomes our Manchester team have received resolution to grant planning permission for up to 80 new homes in Standish, Wigan.

Meeting local need, the 80 new homes will provide a mix of type and tenure including up to 25% affordable housing and a minimum of 40% two and three bedroom properties.

New and improved open spaces will significantly enhance the development’s setting and provide residents (both new and existing) with improved enjoyment of public footpaths and cycle ways (known as ‘The Line’). Whilst the retention and enhancement of the ‘ecology buffer’ will contribute to these spaces it will also provide a new pond for the enrichment of newt habitat and provide an enhancement to the Site of Local Biologicial Interest to the north of the site.

Wigan Council Planning Committee unanimously resolved to approve the scheme at Langham Road on 17th January (subject to the signing of a Section 106 Agreement), despite an earlier scheme being held back by the Council on fears that it breached the Standish cap on the number of new homes in the area.

Representatives of local community group Standish Voice, argued that the Core Strategy placed a cap of 1,000 homes in Standish and that this scheme would breach that, with 1,404 homes already consented. However, Dan Mitchell, Planning Partner in our Manchester office highlighted that the Council continued to experience land supply challenges, he said “This site is the last piece of the jigsaw in what is an area identified by the Council for residential growth. The scheme provides net ecological benefits, a better mix of homes and improvements to ‘The Line’ - an important local recreation route.”

The site will provide the final phase of Wainhomes Cat i’ th’ Window development which is now well underway.


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