A new development in Golborne has been "redesigned" to reflect recent changes in the local housing market, the housebuilder behind it has said.

There are currently 55 homes under construction at Rothwells Farm where planning permission had previously been granted for 148 new properties.

Developer Taylor Wimpey has now amended the layout of the estate to accommodate six more properties on the site, taking the total to 154.

Writing to Wigan council on behalf of the housebuilder, Lichfields’ planning director Brian O’Connor, explained the reasons behind the latest proposals.

He said: “Taylor Wimpey has found that more three and four-bedroom family properties are required as a result of market conditions and customer demands.

“Amendments to the layout of the site has also allowed for the provision of six additional dwellings, which ensures the efficient use of the land and maximisation of the site’s capacity.”

The six new properties will be a combination of three and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached houses.

In total, 40 of the properties on the new estate will be "affordable housing".

The majority of these affordable homes will be three-bedroom houses with six one-bedroom apartments also planned as part of the new development.

Previously, some of the affordable homes were two and four bedrooms in size.

The rest of the properties at the development, comprising 84 three-bedroom and 30 four-bedroom houses, will be sold privately on the open market.

Mr O’Connor said discussions with Wigan Council representatives have taken place to agree the mix of affordable housing which will be available on the site.

He said: “Overall, the housing mix has been balanced to enable the incorporation of a greater number of three and four- bedroom houses and a reduction in two-bedroom houses.”

Taylor Wimpey started work on the site which is located off Lowton Road in the summer of 2017 and the first sale was completed in March 2018.

Mr O’Connor added: “Taylor Wimpey’s proposals for the application site respond effectively to changing market conditions to ensure the requirements of the market, and housing needs in the borough, are being met.”

The latest planning application, which includes amendment to the layout and six additional dwellings, was approved by Wigan council at the end of March.