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Golf resort promoters still ‘confident’ of Bolton Ryder Cup despite rejection

Developers behind ambitious plans to build a luxury golf resort in Bolton are set to appeal against a planning committee’s decision to reject the proposals.

Peel L&P’s plans for historic Hulton Park were approved by the Secretary of State in 2020, on condition that the site receive the prestigious Ryder Cup golf tournament in 2031 or 2035. But in February this year, councilors voted overwhelmingly against a revised vision for the site, which also included 1,036 homes, a primary school, short-term vacation homes, a hotel, convention center and community hall.

Despite the rejection and dozens of objections from local residents, Peel told the Manchester Evening News that they remain “confident” in the site’s bid for the Ryder Cup and have admitted that they could still implement proposals approved by the Secretary of State, even if an appeal is rejected.

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A spokesperson said: “The revised and improved development we call is also subject to a Ryder Cup restriction and will only proceed if we are awarded the Ryder Cup. We still have planning permission for development plans. of origin and could implement this program if the condition of the Ryder Cup is satisfied.”

Addressing the decision to appeal, Richard Knight, director of planning and strategy at Peel L&P, said: ‘We already have planning permission to redevelop and restore Hulton Park following approval from the Secretary of State in 2020, so we were very disappointed that Bolton Council turned down our revised and improved program as it takes more local feedback into account and is truly a unique opportunity to invest in Bolton and upgrade the area.

Peel’s latest vision was rejected by Bolton council

“This level of investment will only happen if Hulton Park secures the Ryder Cup and we remain committed to securing support for the development as we know the extent of the benefits it will bring to Bolton and the North West. These include better housing choices, more jobs, improved transportation, new health and wellness facilities and a golf academy for the whole community.

“It’s an ambitious program but one that Bolton deserves and needs. We want residents to be proud of what their town can achieve and support these revised plans, because opportunities like this don’t come along every day. days and the benefits will last a lifetime.

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Peel says the revised scheme is worth £1.6billion in socio-economic benefits and would create 1,000 new jobs in Bolton over 20 years. A new “park avenue” would also be built on the site, which Peel said would help ease congestion in Wesoughton.

The proposed venue is still one of only two English venues shortlisted by UK Sport and Ryder Cup Europe for the 2031 event. UK Sport were due to decide between Hulton Park and London Golf Club by April, but Peel said the selection process had been halted by the UK government due to “macroeconomic conditions impacting government funding”.

A spokesperson said: ‘We expected to work within this timeframe, prior to a funding decision in the recent spring budget, but shortly after the planning decision we were advised that the selection process had been halted by the UK government due to macroeconomic conditions impacting government funding.

“Hulton Park remains shortlisted for an early bid for the English Ryder Cup which will be re-launched in 2023 – after the appeal has been decided. We are committed and confident in our position otherwise we would not proceed.

“Despite the recent planning decision, we are trying to do the right thing and deliver a better deal for the local community, one that restores Hulton Park, preserves most of it as open ground and provides huge upgrade benefits in terms of sport, health, infrastructure, skills and tourism.”

Mike Blackburn, Manchester Marketing Chairman, added: “Hopes of the North West hosting the Ryder Cup at Hulton Park in 2031 or 2035 remain very much alive and I think it’s an award worth staking for. fight, and I look forward to a positive outcome.If Hulton Park is granted planning consent and is selected to host one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world, Bolton and the wider region would see substantial benefits in terms of inbound tourism for many years to come, as well as the creation of exceptional community facilities for the benefit of the local community.”

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