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Preston North End’s Ingol plans to be heard at the Guild Hall

Posted on - 13th July, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Cadley, Fulwood, Greyfriars, Housing, News, Preston Council, Preston North End, Sport
Another view of the training centre
A view of the training centre proposed by Preston North End

It will be standing-room only for the biggest attendance at a Preston planning committee in history.

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Preston City Council is due to hear a re-submitted proposal from Preston North End for 450 homes, a training facility and open space at Ingol Golf Course.

The city council turned down plans – against their officers recommendation for the homes and open space planning application in June – sparking outcry from the leader of the city council, Preston’s MP and thousands of Preston North End supporters.

Preston councillors will deliberate on the new application at the Thursday 10 August planning committee meeting – to be held at the Guild Hall’s exhibition hall.

Read more: North End respond to ‘astonishing’ decision on Ingol plans

140 seats are being made available to the public and you need to register to attend via ticketing website Skiddle.

A bag checking policy will be in place for the meeting and the exhibition hall is where the local election and general election counts took place.

Election counters awaiting starters orders in Preston
Election counters awaiting starters orders in Preston

The meeting is to be held from 2.30pm, but those attending are urged to attend by 2pm for a prompt start.

Cabinet member for planning at the city council councillor Peter Moss said: “We will uphold the democratic process of the planning committee and continue to follow due process in line with national guidelines. We also want to be reasonable in accommodating the public’s interest in this application.

“We understand that conflicts can occur in planning and appreciate there are strong feelings about the outcome of this application. However we ask that everyone remains respectful and courteous throughout the process.”

Up to three members of the public may address the planning committee for this planning application. Anyone who would like to speak needs to register on the Preston City Council website between 1 August and 12 noon on Monday 7 August, in addition to registering for a ticket. Anyone who does not do this will not be able to address the planning committee.

The city council says the decision to move venue and introduce ticketing is for ‘logistical purposes’.

A separate planning application for Preston North End’s training ground has already been approved.

Tickets will be available, for free, from 10am on Thursday 20 July to Thursday 10 August via Skiddle.

Will you be attending? What do you think about the proposals? Let us know in the comments below

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