Beacon Park GC to remodel its course

By Alistair February 20, 2019 09:43 Updated

West Lancashire Borough Council is considering a planning application to carry out large-scale work at Beacon Park Golf Club in Wigan.

The proposal is for the driving range to be remodelled to accommodate a footgolf facility and for changes to be made to the first hole’s green and the second hole tees.

Developers also want to create a mound and re-profile the land alongside the first fairway, remodel the ground between the first and final challenges on the 18-hole course and carry out associated landscaping work.

‘Beacon Park has been the scene of bitter rows for years after Serco was permitted to dump large amounts of landfill waste on parts of the site,’ states Wigan Today. ‘This led to a massive dispute between golfers, backed by West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, and Serco along with West Lancashire Borough Council.

‘The developers say the proposal will attract more young golfers to the site and offer new facilities for members, which the club has wanted to do since 2011.’

The planning report concludes: ‘The site is located within the green belt, but the provision of outdoor recreations is seen as appropriate development and the design strategy undertaken seeks to preserve the openness of the green belt in this area in what is already an undulating landscape used as a golf course.

‘The proposed development would accord with the local plan, servicing the existing community and continuing to provide an outdoor sports and recreation facility.’

The footgolf course would require lowering existing contours, creating new footpaths and vehicle access, building steps and gates and installing a boundary fence.


By Alistair February 20, 2019 09:43 Updated

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