Preston North End have submitted scaled-back proposals for the Ingol golf course.Advertisement
New plans for the site – which include 450 homes, the new training ground complex and a new public park – are now lodged with Preston City Council.
Their re-submission follows the city council’s planning committee refusing permission for the club to build the new homes. Councillors went against the advice of their planning officers who had recommended the previous scheme for approval.
A separate application, for the training ground itself, is already approved by councillors.
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Plans from PWA Planning, acting on behalf of the club, explain how the new application – submitted on Thursday (22 June) – has removed from part of open space from being built on.
Councillors had listed the ‘merging of settlements’ between Ingol and Fulwood as one of the reasons for rejecting the original plans.
A letter from Daniel Hughes at PWA Planning states: “The design of the full planning application falls within the parameters sought by this hybrid planning application and has continued to be included in this re-submission to present the redevelopment of the site as a whole. This re-submission has now removed Parcel G from the residential element of the site, replacing it with further public open space (approximately 1ha).
“By consenting to the Training Facility in isolation, it is considered that a large portion of the wider site will now be developed, which would not only signal the end of any potential golfing use but also compromises the functionality of the AMOS (area of major open space) and indeed the justification for refusing application 06/2017/0002.
“Consequently, this approval becomes a material consideration in the determination of this re-submission with it being prudent to note that should the applicant wish, the Training facility could be implemented in isolation i.e. without the notable community benefits associated with the application at hand.
“As such, the consenting of application 062017/0181 regarding the proposed Training Facility in June 2017, is considered to have fundamental implications on both the AMOS and the site’s ability to be used in a golfing capacity. The ramifications of this decision are of notable relevance to the planning consideration of this re-submission.”
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The application from Preston North End still includes the same number of homes as the initial application – but reduces the total amount of land being built on.
A map released with the plans shows an overhead view of the site. It outlines where the golf course would be built on, and also where a new community garden, park and trim trail would go.
The club’s proposal faced opposition from hundreds of nearby residents, Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace and councillors for the Ingol area.
It has received the backing of the city council’s leader councillor Peter Rankin, Preston MP Mark Hendrick and a petition calling on the council to reverse its decision has been signed by thousands of people.
You can view the full plans on the city council website – and leave comments to be considered by planners.
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