Club may close after extraordinary house building plan is rejected

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim November 14, 2014 11:12

A venue that had arguably the most ambitious house building plan ever put forward by a UK golf club may close down after having its proposal rejected.

Ingol Golf Club in Preston wanted to build a staggering 164 homes on three of its holes, but councillors at Preston City Council went against their officers’ recommendation and voted for refusal, partly due to a strong local campaign against the development.

Ingol Golf Club, which is situated just three miles from Preston’s city centre, shut down for three years between 2010 and 2013 after it experienced what the club described as ‘significant financial losses’, and its owner in 2009 had been keen to close the venue down and convert it entirely into a housing estate, featuring 550 properties.

It has since re-opened and tried to build new housing with the golf course remaining in operation, but the latest house building setback could mean that the club is shut down again.

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An artist’s impression of how part of the course would have looked

John Wright, one of the directors of Ingol Golf Club, said the economic consequences of not approving the new homes could spell the end of the golf club.

He said: “Part of this deal includes [housing developer] Rowland Homes funding our junior academy.

“We want to change the way the golf club operates and encourage younger people in. We need to become more family-friendly.

“Our aim was to get to 400 members. We believe this would be sustainable. The new course and funds from the housing development would have helped us achieve this.”

Bruce Ellison, chairman of the Ingol Golf Village Residents Association, added: “A report from an independent consultant, Smiths Leisure, states the golf course will be a poorer playing area. And this is likely to impact the financial position of the golf club.”

According to BlogPreston: ‘Rowland Homes had applied to build 164 homes and associated works on the six, seven and eight holes of the Ingol course.’

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim November 14, 2014 11:12
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