Public inquiry victory for ‘Ryder Cup venue in Bolton’

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 25, 2022 11:30

The possibility of a golf club in Bolton hosting the 2031 Ryder Cup is alive again after an independent planning inspector decided that Bolton Council should not have rejected plans for the venue to be built.

Earlier this year Bolton Council’s planning committee rejected Peel L&P’s revised plans for the Hulton Park Estate –  one of only two English venues shortlisted by UK Sport and Ryder Cup Europe for an English bid for the 2031 Ryder Cup. Over 250,000 attended the previous event in Paris and the event has always drawn international attention.

This went to a public inquiry and planning inspector Dominic Young has accepted Peel L&P’s case. The inspector provided a quick decision following the inquiry, keeping hopes alive of Bolton being able to host this major international event.

Richard Knight, director of Planning and Strategy at Peel L&P, said: “We put forward a robust and compelling case at the public inquiry and are pleased that the inspector has recognised the long-term benefits a revitalised Hulton Park will bring to the economy of Bolton and the north west.

“This demonstrates that our plans are in the best interests of Bolton and local people and now is the time for Bolton to get behind the bid and support the development coming to the town to help secure a prosperous and exciting future for Bolton. We will continue to promote the unique offer Bolton and Hulton Park provides and looks forward to the continued support it has had to date.”

The decision is the second time the planning inspectorate has backed plans to transform the unseen piece of Bolton’s heritage, with an initial public inquiry ruling in 2020 that Peel L&P’s previous proposals for Hulton Park should go ahead. The original plans were also approved by Bolton Council in 2018.

The decision concludes that very significant improvements have been made to the original scheme and confirms the very substantial social and economic benefits, as well as improvements, in terms of transport, heritage, ecology, green belt and sustainability together with weighty social and community benefits.

Subject to a successful bid, Hulton Park would be game-changing for Bolton and Greater Manchester, delivering around £250 million of private sector investment, creating over 1,000 jobs overall plus a range of skills opportunities, promoting health and wellbeing, and boosting local tourism and events.

Richard added: “We have always been committed to realising our vision for Hulton Park, proposals that will restore and revitalise the historic park while making golf more inclusive, providing better community facilities, more quality housing and improved transport infrastructure in addition to our significant contributions to make the development net zero.

“We want to continue working with the council and local stakeholders and residents to maximise the huge economic, social and environmental benefits of this unique and game-changing opportunity.

“We know that many people are genuinely excited about the prospects of one of the world’s greatest sporting events coming to Bolton, bringing many jobs, opportunities and international profile to the town.

“Our plans will also help to raise the bar for modern and sustainable championship golf developments. We will continue to develop these ideas and progress discussions with our partners. We will keep people updated and make further announcements in due course.”


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 25, 2022 11:30
Write a comment

1 Comment

  1. Sullivan October 26, 19:49

    Its all about building 1,000 (high end) houses – the golf course is just a side show.

    The building work will lead to trees and bushes being destroyed and “obliterate” the park’s glades, lakes and rural views, depriving communities across Greater Manchester of yet another open green space….

    Reply to this comment
View comments

Write a comment


Join Our Mailing List

Read the latest issues

Advertise With Us

For editorial enquiries in the magazine or online, contact:

For advertising enquiries in the magazine or online, contact: