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Latest developments, links and acknowledgements

A well informed community is an empowered one, take a look at some of the latest coverage we’ve received below and help spread the word about all the developments at Stocks Residents Association.

GREAT NEWS:     Peel Holdings have LOST their appeal against Bolton councils rejection for building on Horwich Golf Course and surrounding lands

More Housing Planning applications in Horwich

20 3 & 4 Bedroom Houses Planned for St Mary's Club Site.


There is enough new housing development in Horwich, the road network is not designed for large volumes of traffic. The roads are already at saturation point and have become congested and polluted. We already have to suffer the extra traffic from 1900 houses on the loco works, plus 110 houses on Victoria road and possibly 300 on the Golf course. Enough is Enough....NO MORE HOUSES IN HORWICH

Submission date Friday 26th July, get your letters of objection in!!

  • We’ve given it our best shot’: hearing finishes:

  • Findings in due course after Inspector deliberates

Thank You

WELL WHERE TO START! This is going an email with a lot of THANKS in it!


With our last email, we sent you the news that we needed to raise around £2900 to cover our expenses for the Solicitor and Barrister. We knew we had some real hard work ahead and, as usual, the members of the SRA and the great Horwich community came together.


On Saturday, the loveliest of days, many many people joined us, sitting in the garden, chatting, eating homemade cakes and drinking tea and coffee. It was so lovely to see!

Our team of car washers were hard at it by 10.30am  and boy did they get worked hard! THANK YOU to everyone who helped wash - we couldn't have done it without you!


Between them they washed 1 motorhome, 2 vans and 69 cars!!!

Thank you to Malcolm Laithwaite and Rennie Hackett for the supply of car shampoo.


Our fabulous bakers once again produced some excellent goodies - we just wished we had taken a picture before it was all decimated!


THANK YOU to you all!


We sold lots of raffle ticket - thanks to all who supplied us with some great prizes. Tickets are still on sale for the next few weeks and the prizes are now on display at Chapel Lane post office - Christine is selling tickets for us. If anyone is still wanting them, payment can also be made by BACS. Thanks to our leaflet deliverers who spent hours pacing the streets to spread the word - our message certainly got out there!


To our amazing catering / selling team - Judith, Margaret, Marian, Abby and Kiera - they all worked so hard keeping everyone fed and watered, selling tickets and books.


Many thanks indeed to our Councillors who took time out of their busy day to attend – Ken and Sue Denton, Steven Chadwick, Craig Rotherham, David Grant, Richard Silvestor, Kevin Mckeon, Peter Wright, Gordon Stone and MP Chris Green. Your support is appreciated.


To everyone who donated items for us to sell - an exercise bike, a set of bowls and a car cleaning kit - they all got sold and raised £150! Many thanks indeed! Also thanks to those lovely people who bought them!


Thanks to Christine at the Post Office as always for her unending support to the SRA - it is amazing what this lady does for us. She donated many items that we needed for the day, as did Malcolm Laithwaite. Many thanks to you both. 


Thank you so much to the many people who came up with very kind donations in the form of cheques and cash - this has made a massive difference to the total needed!


With donations since the last email, along with the car wash, raffle tickets sold, our stall on Saturday, along with refreshments, we have raised a massive £2753 - we couldn't be more astounded by the final total. So this leaves us with just a small shortfall, which with more raffle tickets to yet come in and to be sold, we are sure we can get to the amount required!


As mentioned earlier, Christine will continue selling tickets for the next few weeks, with the draw at the end of July. She will, as normal, also be accepting books to sell at the Post Office.


We just wish the planning Inspector could have been with us on Saturday, to see what a great community we have become and to see how passionate we all are about our lovely town of Horwich. We had so many new faces this time, which shows that word is still spreading - THANK You to everyone who came and supported us. It was not only people from Horwich, we had new people from Lostock too, it was great to see! Thanks to members of neighbouring Residents Associations of New Chapel and Ox Hey that joined us, with special thanks to Shirley and Mick, who only came to get their car washed and ended up washing cars with us! 


We now await the appeal date starting Tuesday 2nd July for 4 days. An email will be coming out in the next few days explaining what we next need help with during the appeal. We are meeting with our Barrister on Monday who will give us more information.


Please forgive us if we have missed anyone out in sending our thanks, but sincerely we end by saying a great big THANK YOU to you all for everything, not only during this last week in raising the remainder that we needed, but throughout this entire time we have been fighting the appeal. 


We strive to keep Horwich Green and moving and hope that we get the result that we SO deserve.


Kind regards

Ruth Rigby (Secretary) and Maria Hilton (Treasurer)


We now have 6 fab prizes for the raffle - 
1 st hamper 
2 nd champagne and chocs
3rd port cheese and biscuits 
4 th bottle of gin 
5 th podiatry session 
6 th £20 voucher to the coffee shop at Heaton

Payment can be made via bacs 
Tickets on sale via the Sra or chapel lane post office 
Thank you

Planning Inspectorate has rejected the appeal by Bellway Homes to build 174 dwellings on Bowlands Hey Westhoughton

Car Wash Event

Please come along on  Sunday 28th March, have a chat, meet new friends and find out the latest.



Keep Horwich Green and Moving EVENT

May 3rd, 2019

An evening of 60's and 70's music provided by STACEY at the RMI club 3rd May

Boy in the Field

Application to build houses on Mill Lane and Gingham Brow GREEN FIELD. Please object to this proposal

Jan 14, 2019


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GM Revised Spacial Framework now published

Jan 6th 2019

THE long-awaited revised plan that could shape Greater Manchester for years to come has now been published.

Horwich Golf course to be designated Green Belt land

Peel Holdings refused planning permission to build housing on Salford Greenway

Nov 12, 2018


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Time to put Bolton Housing first

November 5, 2018

Bolton MP Chris Green  has called on Bolton Council to create its own five year plan for Housing

SRA granted Rule6(6) status by the Planning Inspectorate.

October 26th, 2018

This means that the SRA can take an active part in the Inquiry and will be privy to all the details, and be fully involved in the process.

Why is the GM spacial Framework delayed again

October 16th 2018

GMCA now thinks 175,000 houses could be built on available land.  Most of this is  “brownfields” sites but some is on Green Belt

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The Public Meeting was a huge success with standing room only.

Oct 14 2018

SRA Chair Malcolm Harrison addressed the meeting and gave an update into the current situation


Oct 1, 2018

7 pm Wednesday 10th October Horwich Parish C of E Primary school.
Update on the appeal by Peel Holdings

Local Builder tries to renege on promises

Sep25, 2018

Jones Homes tries to renege on Education payments

Bolton council to make the Golf course Green Belt land

Sep 22, 2018

Bolton Council are proposing to turn the Golf Course into green belt land

Traffic congestion in Horwich will become gridlocked if further over-development is allowed.

Sep 13, 2018

Read the article published in the BOLTON NEWS

Peel Holdings have appealed to the secretary of state against the planning rejection.

Sep 1, 2018

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 NOTICE UNDER ARTICLES 13 & 36
Notice ID: WAR0778766

Too many houses being built on greenfield

June 9, 2019

Read the article by the 'Campaign to Protect Rural England'

Bolton Council Planning REJECT the application by PEEL 28th June 2018

June 9, 2019

After a debate in the council chambers, and a speech by Matthew Bennett on behalf of SRA, the council voted unanimously to reject the application to build 300 houses on the golf course and adjacent land

Brownfield sites identified

June 9, 2019

Andy Burnham has identified 175000 extra Brownfield sites

Protect building on Green Belt land ... Theresa May Prime Minister

June 9, 2019

In a speech recently she has introduced fairer planning rules.

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

June 9, 2019

Public Meeting


June 9, 2019

Links to social media


June 9, 2019

Many thanks to the following for their invaluable help in supporting our cause:


Horwich First

Grundy Hill, New Chapel and other local Residents Associations

All who have donated to our cause

All the volunteers and local shopkeepers

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