There will be a report to highlight the effect of the traffic created by development on the existing highway infrastructure, coupled with the relieving effects of the new link road on Poolstock Lane and surrounding roads. This will incorporate the basis of plans for sustainable modes of transport encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
A study of the listed buildings and sites of archaeological interest will be carried out.
A full study and report into the both improvement and degradation of air quality has been commissioned.
The planning application will identify the control measures and good working practices necessary during construction to reduce dust and noise, protect plants and animals and prevent pollution of watercourses.
Nature Conservation and Water Quality
Previous surveys for protected species have established the presence of bats and smooth newts. A variety of birdlife is also present, all of which will be surveyed to ensure disruption to wildlife is kept to a minimum. An update to previous studies on the effect on existing water quality and potential additional flooding that may be caused by the development, which has been found to be minimal.
Landscape and Visual Effects
A plan to show how the development will be integrated into the local landscape particularly that of the nearby Flashes and the adjacent Site of Biological Importance. This will particularly focus on mitigation measures to ensure that any loss of green space will be substituted and enhanced within the development.
Land Use and Geology and Soils
A study to highlight areas of potential contamination that may be present because of the site’s previous uses will be carried out. Any appropriate remediation will be carried out prior to development.
Noise and Vibration
A study will be carried out to highlight the effect on neighbouring properties in relation to noise and vibration created by traffic generated by the new development. Also the relieving effects of the new link road on properties along Poolstock Lane will be investigated.
Pedestrians, Cyclists and Public Transport Users
We will be publishing a plan to show how the new footway and cycleway would replace theexisting path network between Warrington Road and Westwood Park, as well as how this is to link in with other networks of local and regional importance. Public transport users would benefit from improved bus services to Westwood Park both from Wigan town centre as well as from the Lower Ince area.
We want to make Poolstock Lane better for the people living in this area. The scheme will encourage the large volumes of traffic currently using this road to divert on to the new A49. Studies show the new road will cut traffic along Poolstock Lane by 70%. This means that we can then improve the environment and road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and the general public who live and work in and around Poolstock.