Bolton Wanderers get permission to build new pavilion at Lostock academy

An artist’s impression of the pavilion at the Wanderers Academy in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock

An artist’s impression of the pavilion at the Wanderers Academy in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

BOLTON Wanderers have been given the go-ahead to build a new pavilion at their academy on land in Lostock, after months of debate.

Councillors at Bolton Council’s planning committee approved the football club’s plans for a single-storey pavilion building, with floodlights in Ox Hey Lane in December — but on the condition that the structure was given a “green” roof and that a reeded pond for wildlife was constructed.

Richard Gee, speaking on behalf of the club, said they had worked hard to include the committee’s recommendations but could not find a way.

He told the committee there was nowhere on site for the pond to be built, and adding turf or sedum to the roof would make it too heavy for the pavilion, which was designed as a “very lightweight” structure.

Mr Gee said: “We can’t actually deliver the two conditions — and if we did, it would make very little environmental difference.

“To create a pond by the pavilion would mean we would have to pump water up hill at least 100 metres.”

The club is still waiting on a decision for their Middlebrook Masterplan — a scheme to build a £100 million sports, education and office development along Burnden Way.

Councillors deferred making a decision on the plans until a highways report was carried out, to reveal how the development would impact on traffic in the area.

Voting for the pavilion application, Cllr Ann Cunliffe said she had concerns about the plans when they were first discussed in December, but was now satisfied, She added: “It is disappointing that a green roof to the pavilion is not achievable, but I must accept the reasons given by the applicant.”

The club now has permission to replace the temporary buildings at the academy on Ox Hey Lane with a new pavilion, including five pairs of team changing rooms, a first aid room and parents’ and coaches’ lounge.

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11:05am Sat 8 Mar 14

Phil from Smithills says...

A councillor wanted a green roof? did British Aerospace have a green roof or any other building in the area? and a pond? if some youngster managed to enter the area and drowned, there would be hell to play and no-doubt this councillor would be first in the queue.

In the architectural drawing of the proposed Reebok Stadium, prior to it being built there was a large fountain near the front entrance, fortunately that didn't happen either.
A councillor wanted a green roof? did British Aerospace have a green roof or any other building in the area? and a pond? if some youngster managed to enter the area and drowned, there would be hell to play and no-doubt this councillor would be first in the queue. In the architectural drawing of the proposed Reebok Stadium, prior to it being built there was a large fountain near the front entrance, fortunately that didn't happen either. Phil from Smithills
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12:59pm Sat 8 Mar 14

the need for austerity is a myth says...

Phil from Smithills wrote:
A councillor wanted a green roof? did British Aerospace have a green roof or any other building in the area? and a pond? if some youngster managed to enter the area and drowned, there would be hell to play and no-doubt this councillor would be first in the queue.

In the architectural drawing of the proposed Reebok Stadium, prior to it being built there was a large fountain near the front entrance, fortunately that didn't happen either.
Not to mention the actual point - that this area was a site of speicial scientific interest due to the fact it was home to insects that didn't exist anywhere else in the world. None of it should ever have been built on.

The damage it has done to the local economy is immense, but nothing compared to the damage to ecology.
[quote][p][bold]Phil from Smithills[/bold] wrote: A councillor wanted a green roof? did British Aerospace have a green roof or any other building in the area? and a pond? if some youngster managed to enter the area and drowned, there would be hell to play and no-doubt this councillor would be first in the queue. In the architectural drawing of the proposed Reebok Stadium, prior to it being built there was a large fountain near the front entrance, fortunately that didn't happen either.[/p][/quote]Not to mention the actual point - that this area was a site of speicial scientific interest due to the fact it was home to insects that didn't exist anywhere else in the world. None of it should ever have been built on. The damage it has done to the local economy is immense, but nothing compared to the damage to ecology. the need for austerity is a myth
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3:55pm Sat 8 Mar 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

boltons Labour council don't care about Horwich as long as they are making money out of the town and sod what the residents want!
boltons Labour council don't care about Horwich as long as they are making money out of the town and sod what the residents want! steverock6@sky.com
  • Score: 3

7:07pm Sat 8 Mar 14

JOHN HIGHAM says...

steverock6@sky.com wrote:
boltons Labour council don't care about Horwich as long as they are making money out of the town and sod what the residents want!
Not forgetting bolton council stole that land from a farmer that lived his life and worked that land just to have some arsehole say "we want your land goodbye"
[quote][p][bold]steverock6@sky.com[/bold] wrote: boltons Labour council don't care about Horwich as long as they are making money out of the town and sod what the residents want![/p][/quote]Not forgetting bolton council stole that land from a farmer that lived his life and worked that land just to have some arsehole say "we want your land goodbye" JOHN HIGHAM
  • Score: 6

1:47pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Brumas says...

Yes BAe had a Green Roof, but more to the point when first mooted the Wanderer's were told there would be NO buildings allowed on Green Belt land. Old pals act with the council, hear hear. Why do you all call them Bolton Wanderer's? They are anything but, just another business.
Yes BAe had a Green Roof, but more to the point when first mooted the Wanderer's were told there would be NO buildings allowed on Green Belt land. Old pals act with the council, hear hear. Why do you all call them Bolton Wanderer's? They are anything but, just another business. Brumas
  • Score: 1

8:05pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Brumas says...

John Higham you are wrong Bolton MBC did not steal the land from the Farmer, he leased the land from them. But he (The Farmer) was not fit to be called such, many a time the workers from BAe saw him inflict savage cruelty on his Cattle, so much so that one day he was very lucky not to lynched for the abject cruelty he inflicted on a Cow that had just calved.
John Higham you are wrong Bolton MBC did not steal the land from the Farmer, he leased the land from them. But he (The Farmer) was not fit to be called such, many a time the workers from BAe saw him inflict savage cruelty on his Cattle, so much so that one day he was very lucky not to lynched for the abject cruelty he inflicted on a Cow that had just calved. Brumas
  • Score: 5

7:31am Mon 10 Mar 14

Lee3695 says...

I notice the council are waiting for a 'traffic report to establish the impact of this academy on the local highway network in association with the Middelbrook Masterplan. As a Transport Planning Consultant I have drafted many such reports and assessed also them for a local authority. The problem with reports such as this is that they tend to skirt around the costly issues to resolve and substitute measures that are cheaper to deliover, such as Travel Plans which do absolutlely nothing at all to reduce traffic volumes.

I also see the council have placed two conditons on BWFC, neither of which the club will discharge becasue they fall in the 'too difficult' or should I say 'too costly' to deliver category. Therefore the club will no doubt apply for the conditions to be removed, which the council wioll agree to and the residents who have to live with the outcome of developnment and the 'masterplan' will have to live with whicle the council collect the taz revenue.
I notice the council are waiting for a 'traffic report to establish the impact of this academy on the local highway network in association with the Middelbrook Masterplan. As a Transport Planning Consultant I have drafted many such reports and assessed also them for a local authority. The problem with reports such as this is that they tend to skirt around the costly issues to resolve and substitute measures that are cheaper to deliover, such as Travel Plans which do absolutlely nothing at all to reduce traffic volumes. I also see the council have placed two conditons on BWFC, neither of which the club will discharge becasue they fall in the 'too difficult' or should I say 'too costly' to deliver category. Therefore the club will no doubt apply for the conditions to be removed, which the council wioll agree to and the residents who have to live with the outcome of developnment and the 'masterplan' will have to live with whicle the council collect the taz revenue. Lee3695
  • Score: 0

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