THE developer that wants to bring the Ryder Cup to Bolton has put back its bid, leaving the future of the development in question.

Peel Land and Property is now looking at hosting the tournament in a decade's time as plans to build the golf course and 1,036 homes have delayed the proposed development.

The plans, passed by the council last year, were called in by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire who will make a final decision after a public inquiry.

However, planning permission was granted by councillors on the condition that the applicant secures the 2026 Ryder Cup.

Peel’s planning director Richard Knight said: “We have updated the application to reflect the passage of time with the Secretary of State’s intervention. Delivery could not now realistically commence until 2021 which makes the Ryder Cup 2026 very difficult and so we are also now looking to 2030 and 2034.

"Having a longer period whereby the Hulton Park is operational and hosting other tournaments before the Ryder Cup, would allow all involved to build an even stronger legacy for the future."

The public inquiry will be led by planning inspector Karen Ridge on October 1.

Mr Knight said the benefits of the project are "unique" and "compelling", citing tourism, heritage restoration and environmental gains.

He added: "We will be asking the Secretary of State to confirm planning permission for the proposals in the local and national interest."