Housing plan for Bolton Open Golf Club rejected

Golf club housing plan rejected

Golf club housing plan rejected

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RESIDENTS are celebrating after plans to build eight houses on the old Bolton Open Golf Club were thrown out by Bolton Council’s planning committee.

Company Open Golf and Leisure wanted to demolish the derelict clubhouse and driving range of theHarwood club to make way for the four-bedroom houses, each with its own back garden and space for two cars.

But residents and councillors objected strongly to the plans, arguing the land off Longsight Lane should remain as green belt.

Cllr Stuart Haslam told the committee this application, the fourth on the site, was “as unacceptable now as it has ever been”.

He added: “It is not an area of land which is brown field for redevelopment — there is plenty of this in Harwood already — and therefore it should not, and must not be developed for housing.

“It is greenbelt land, and it is the duty, and the policy, of this council and this committee to protect it from unwarrantable and inappropriate development.

“It is an area of recreation for the benefit of Bolton people, and an area where Bolton people should be able to appreciate the openness and amenity.”

Paul Sedgwick from agent Sedgwick Associates tried to reassure the committee that the scheme was the best way to regenerate the site, which has fallen into disrepair.

He said: “As a resident in Bolton, I have seen how the area of Longsight Lane has deteriorated.

“As a planner I wouldn’t be putting this forward unless I thought it was the right solution for the land.”

However councillors backed the objectors, and rejected the application unanimously.

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4:32pm Sat 30 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

I thought David Cameron allowed some green belt to be built on as the country is short of houses?????? The golf club is closed or is going to be closed so how will anyone benefit from it now????? Another Lostock Association blockade!
I thought David Cameron allowed some green belt to be built on as the country is short of houses?????? The golf club is closed or is going to be closed so how will anyone benefit from it now????? Another Lostock Association blockade! pradagucci
  • Score: 2

6:17pm Sat 30 Aug 14

LordLeverhulme says...

Good decision.
That company purposely drove that golf course into the ground so they could close it and build houses.
Good decision. That company purposely drove that golf course into the ground so they could close it and build houses. LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 2

6:39pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Ytarmy1958 says...

If he thinks Longsight Lane has deteriorated, he must travel around the rest of the town with his eyes closed!
If he thinks Longsight Lane has deteriorated, he must travel around the rest of the town with his eyes closed! Ytarmy1958
  • Score: 3

8:28pm Sat 30 Aug 14

calvin street says...

Elaine o Flynn. I suggest the next time you do a story look into it thoroughly. The councillors are not interested in this, they want it got rid of one way or another. The boys cough on the council have not obviously been offered enough. Think back to Turton Road, Manor Court, everything has a price, Come on Walter Hall so called councillor, ha , its called Call My Bluff . A sad sad old man clinging to an existence
Elaine o Flynn. I suggest the next time you do a story look into it thoroughly. The councillors are not interested in this, they want it got rid of one way or another. The boys cough on the council have not obviously been offered enough. Think back to Turton Road, Manor Court, everything has a price, Come on Walter Hall so called councillor, ha , its called Call My Bluff . A sad sad old man clinging to an existence calvin street
  • Score: -1

11:59pm Sat 30 Aug 14

waterbottle says...

Build a mosque council will soon pass it.😂
Build a mosque council will soon pass it.😂 waterbottle
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8:52am Sun 31 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

pradagucci wrote:
I thought David Cameron allowed some green belt to be built on as the country is short of houses?????? The golf club is closed or is going to be closed so how will anyone benefit from it now????? Another Lostock Association blockade!
A Million Empty Old Build, Close On Half A Million New Build Empty, And There Is Claim A Hose Shortage.
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: I thought David Cameron allowed some green belt to be built on as the country is short of houses?????? The golf club is closed or is going to be closed so how will anyone benefit from it now????? Another Lostock Association blockade![/p][/quote]A Million Empty Old Build, Close On Half A Million New Build Empty, And There Is Claim A Hose Shortage. Gore Seer
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1:08am Mon 1 Sep 14

united99 says...

waterbottle wrote:
Build a mosque council will soon pass it.😂
No there will be too much traffic !!!
[quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Build a mosque council will soon pass it.😂[/p][/quote]No there will be too much traffic !!! united99
  • Score: 0
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