New bid for sports club plan

DEVELOPERS are hoping it will be third time lucky for a sports club wanting to improve its facilities.

In 2007, Lostock Properties got Bolton Council permission to build a new base for Lostock Sports Club to the east of Chew Moor Lane in Lostock, to the south of the M61 motorway.

That was despite 33 people formally objecting, claiming it would cause traffic problems and infringe on neighbours’ privacy.

The permission expired in 2010, but Mike Coulter, of Grasscroft Property Solutions, got a one-year extension. That deadline has passed and work has still not started, so Lostock Properties has retabled the plans, asking the council for another three years to start work.

The club wants to remodel land at their new home so it forms two pitches for rugby and football, a cricket pitch and a floodlit bowling green.

They also want to build a single-storey clubhouse and changing facilities, as well as a scoreboard.

A report to Bolton Council says: “The proposal is to provide new facilities to accommodate the relocated Lostock Sports Club due to the redevelopment of its present home at the former BAE site at Hercules Business Park, off Lostock Lane.

“Access to the site is from Chew Moor Lane. There will be 67 parking spaces.

“The car park area has been restricted to the west side of the site to minimise the impact on the open area and the clubhouse has been located away from the residential units in Brook Corner and Bramble Court.”

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