BOLTON: Plans to improve golf driving range thrown out for second time

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PLANS by a golf club to bring in 85,000 cubic metres of building waste by truck to improve a driving range have been thrown out for a second time by councillors

Those running Regent Park Golf Club, Links Road, Lostock, wished to remodel their driving range and improve drainage on the site.

Members of Bolton Council heard that during construction it is estimated there would, on average of 31 incoming heavy goods vehicles per day, peaking at 60 incoming loads a day bringing in inert waste.

Objecting to the plans Heaton and Lostock councillor Bob Allen said nearby residents would be plagued by lorries ‘bouncing and rattling on the potholed Links Road’ and suffer from ‘the noise of vehicle reversing sounders’ during the working day.

Officials from Regent Park Golf Club said the work will enable the costly high nets and pylons around the range to be removed, and improve its design and length.

They said that one of the reason for the plans was the poor drainage of the range, which leads to driven balls being ‘plugged’ into the ground and many thousands of balls have been lost this way.

Similar plans were rejected by councillors last August on the grounds that it would affect neighbouring residents, harm highway safety with trucks coming from Chorley New Road, promote the loss of trees and damage the landscape in the medium term.

Council officers said they felt that the plans were appropriate development within the green belt and recommended the planning committee approve.

Paul Sedgwick, speaking at the meeting on behalf of the golf club, said that they would repair potholes on Links Road during the construction period and

completely resurface the road following completion of the development.

He added that to mitigate the loss of mature trees the new plans included an additional 60 standard trees, making 1,960 trees in total.

The nearest homes to the driving range are 170 metres away at St Andrews Road, Regent Drive and Regent Road.

There were seven objections and three letters of support for the plans

One objection stated that there would be ‘exactly the same number of HGV movements along Links Road at exactly the same time’.

Objecting to the plans Cllr Allen, said: “The proposed scheme and construction works will create harmful traffic on Links Road and Chorley New Road.

“There is no change to the number of HGVs and no change to noise or dust caused by vehicles on Links Road bouncing and rattling on the potholes.

“These will be huge four-axle earth movers, on average 31 a day with a peak of 60 a day, that’s one lorry every four to seven minutes.

“Chorley New Road is already in poor condition and turning in and out of Links Road will be dangerous

“It’s always difficult to turn on Chorley New Road because of the uninterrupted streams of traffic between the Beehive and Beaumont Road.

“I urge members to endorse their refusal from last year.”

Mr Sedgwick, added: “We want to enhance the driving range. If it’s going to be done it’s going to be done properly

“It will be a valuable place for golfers into the future.

“The condition of Chorley New Road is beyond the influence of the applicant and all exiting trucks will turn left on to Chorley New Road

“Our objective is to provide a much better facility for the people of Bolton.”

A majority of committee members voted to refuse the plans.


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