Proposals for hundreds of new homes and a new training complex for Preston North End remain on track.Advertisement
It’s approaching a year since a planning battle was resolved with the club scoring a result – infront of a crowd at the Guild Hall – to have amended plans for the Boys Lane development approved.
With some work beginning at the site but no concrete work there was a fear the plans may never go ahead.
Asked by Blog Preston on whether the scheme had been shelved a spokesman for Preston North End said: “Far from being axed work is continuing on the new training ground to ensure a smooth, workable construction access plan and some minor design amendments to the training ground main building complex.”
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In December the club submitted a reserved matters application asking for a number of conditions attached to the scheme to be removed.
Since then a fence has gone up around the site which stretches from Boys Lane/Walker Lane through to Manor Court and borders the West Coast Main Line.
The land to be built on is the former Ingol golf club course.
Initial proposals from the club were rejected by Preston City Council saying it was over-development, but an amended plan was approved in August last year.
Nearby residents objected with hundreds of letters as well as Wyre and Preston North MP.
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However, a petition launched by Preston North End fans, and backed by the late council leader councillor Peter Rankin, saw thousands of signatures in support of the application.
The new training ground would be a ‘Premier League facility’ and land around it would have 450 new homes built as well as a managed area of park and woodland created.