A swathe of new houses could be built on land which is currently Ingol Golf course.Advertisement
Plans have been lodged by Rowland Homes to turn three former holes on the site into 164 new homes.
It will include construction of a new road from Tanterton Hall Road into the development.
The golf club site has been earmarked for development for new homes for a number of years.
A previous development for 550 homes in 2011 was rejected by the city councils’ planning committee and a bid to appeal the decision to the planning inspector failed.
The golf club opened in 1982 and local residents are determined to see the land protected as an open space.
Managing director of Ingol Village Golf Club, John Wright, said: “When we agreed to take over the golf course and re-open it to the public, we were really clear that parts of the original course were not wanted by the club. Excluding this unwanted land has created a more manageable course that’s similar in size to other successful golf courses in the area.
“Reducing the size of the course has also allowed us to make significant savings on maintenance and marshalling costs.
“Our new course layout offers a very playable but testing 18 hole golf course for players of all standards.
“I am convinced that Rowland Homes’ development will complement our vision for the future of Ingol Village Golf Course, providing further opportunities to attract additional playing and social members to the Club.
“Finally, Rowland Homes has committed, if its proposals are approved by Preston City Council, to continue sponsoring the Junior Academy for a further three years and approval will also see the landowner sponsoring an extra 150 playing members which will make a massive difference for us.”
The development would include new footpaths, cycleways and a small park.
Stephen Lancaster, land director at Rowland Homes who have tabled the outline planning application, said: “Since we began consulting on our plans for Ingol in November 2013, we have been working hard to make sure that our plans are right for both the community and the golf course.
“The new properties would provide much-needed housing for families in Preston, as well as new parkland and facilities for the whole community.
“I’m delighted that we’ve now been able to submit an outline planning application to Preston City Council, and we’re hopeful of a positive response in the coming months.”
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The consultation in November of the proposals was met with a frosty reception from local residents.
Chairman of the Ingol Golf Village Residents Association, Bruce Ellison, told the Lancashire Evening Post in November: “People wanted the area to come back as a golf course so we’re fully opposed to the building on here.
“People are outraged, they are 100% against it.
“It will be an impact on everybody, not just people directly near the golf course but on everybody in the North West of Preston, because the infrastructure is just not there to support it.”
The full plans can be seen on the council website.
Anyone wishing to comment on the plans can do so via the city council website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and quoting reference number 06/2014/0572 by Friday 29 August.
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