THE long-awaited public inquiry into a major development of more than a thousand homes and a Ryder Cup-ready golf course at Hulton Park will get underway next week.

Peel L&P's plans to build 1,036 houses together with an 18-hole golf course, 142-bedroom hotel and conference facilities on the green belt site will be considered afresh by a government inspector.

This comes after Bolton Council's decision to approve the plans was called in by Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in July 2018.

The developer, the council and campaigners Hulton Estate Area Residents Together (HEART) will each have a front row seat throughout the public inquiry in which present their case to the planning inspector.

MPs, councillors and members of the public are expected to speak at the inquiry too.

There are two sessions scheduled for the public to speak which will takes place on October 2 at 7pm and on October 10 from 3pm to 5pm.

Members of the public wishing to speak must turn up on the first day of the inquiry to register for one of the public sessions.

The public inquiry begins on Tuesday, October 1 at 10am and will take place in the Albert Halls in Victoria Square.

It is expected to take place over three weeks with closing statements currently scheduled for Wednesday, October 16.

The timetable will be subject to revision as the inquiry progresses.