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Government urged to call-in Preston North End training ground plan

Posted on - 2nd August, 2017 - 4:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Cottam, Fulwood, Greyfriars, Ingol, News, Politics, Preston Council, Preston North End, Sport
An artist impression of the new training facility which PNE hope would be ready for the 2018 season
An artist impression of the new training facility which PNE hope would be ready for the 2018 season

Proposals just for a new training complex for Preston North End could be investigated by the government.

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MP for Wyre and Preston North Ben Wallace has called for the Secretary of State to investigate a planning decision made in June.

Councillors on Preston City Council’s planning committee voted in favour of approving an application just for the training ground.

This decision has been referred by Mr Wallace to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Secretary of State Sajid Javid’s team is now considering whether they will call-in the decision.

Mr Wallace was among many objectors to the training ground, and homes planned for the Ingol golf course, saying it threatened a loss of open space.

Read more: This is exactly why the homes plan for Ingol golf course was rejected

A separate application, to build 450 new homes, linked to the training ground, was rejected at the same meeting in June and will be heard at the August planning committee after PNE re-submitted an amended plan.

A city council spokesman said: “The application for the training complex – 06/2017/0181 – has a request to be called in.

“We’re now waiting to find out if the secretary of state is going to call in the decision.

“In the meantime, council officers are working on agreeing the Section 106 agreement which was attached to the decision of the committee being minded to approve.”

Read more: Take a virtual tour of PNE’s proposed new training ground

If the Secretary of State calls in the decision on the training ground it would trigger a public inquiry.

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