Concern for lack of progress on Preston North End’s new training ground

Posted on - 29th August, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Fulwood, Ingol, Preston North End, Redevelopment
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

Proposals for hundreds of new homes and a new training ground for Preston North End appear to have halted.

An apparent lack of progress has been seen on the Ingol Golf Course development, with no work having yet started.

The football club were granted permission for the training complex in August last year.

Now those living near the site have raised concerns over the current state of the former club house, located off Tanterton Hall Road.

With the property having since been boarded up, homeowners nearby say it has been trashed by vandals and become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour.

Read more: Preston North End deny new training ground plan is being scrapped

The car park has been abandoned and the surrounding grounds are overgrowing.

Alan Brookes, who lives nearby, said: “Of more concern to local residents is the current state of the former golf course club house.  The building was hurriedly vacated and has since been trashed by vandals.  The building was not ‘tinned up’ and secured as might have been expected by a responsible landlord. The result is a late night haunt for vandals and others.

“The community in Ingol and Tanterton have done much in recent years to improve their area, mostly by going above and beyond what the city council seek to provide. To have the former golf course clubhouse in such a state in our area is a real knock back for our community. The golf course and the golf course clubhouse were at one time of sufficient merit to be listed as heritage assets. Too late now. Sad really.

Windows of the former club house appeared to be smashed up with litter scattered around the grounds.

Broken windows of the former Ingol Golf Course Club House

Alan continued: “The local community do not expect the training facility to ever materialise. We are anticipating a further Planning Application for housing development on that particular part of the site.

“This will of course succeed as Preston no longer has a valid Local Plan due to not having a demonstrable five year housing supply. Any rejection of a housing development in the area cannot be defended.

“The corporate vandalism in deliberately running down and then abandoning the golf course and more particularly the club house; which then leads to individual acts of vandalism by the disaffected in our midst.”

Broken windows of the former Ingol Golf Course Club House

Councillor Robert Jolliffe, for Greyfriars ward, said: “We are all concerned and are looking into it together, planning is a complex process that we are of course all concerned about especially when things like vandalism are occurring.

“We will be consulting and keeping an eye on progress.”

Sheep being grazed on former Ingol Golf Course

Now it has been reported that sheep are being grazed on the proposed site of the training ground.

Sheep being grazed on former Ingol Golf Course

They have been seen on the former 11th, 12th and 13th fairways of Ingol Golf Course.

In July, Preston North End told Blog Preston their training ground and housing development plans for Ingol remained on track.

A spokesman 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.”

Do you live near Ingol Golf Course? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below 

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