Ingol Golf Course Statement

June 16, 2017
Contact: Neil Darby

Ingol and Tanterton City Councillor Neil Darby said,

"First and foremost, I want to see Preston North End to be a successful Premier League football club. Such a status would be a boost to the city, both morally and economically. I understand that a new training ground would help in such ambitions.

However, this particular application was in the wrong place and came with strings that would be unacceptable to local residents. Had this application gone through as proposed, it would have removed one of just two designated Areas of Major Open Space and could have fatally undermined the Preston Local Plan. This Plan took many years and resources to produce, and lays the foundation for Preston’s growth over the coming decade or more.

The residents I represent in Ingol and Tanterton have been fighting consistent cynical attempts by a developer to build on the open space of Ingol Golf Course for a number of years now. When I was elected, I promised to continue to fight alongside them to prevent the loss of the open space we have. It would have been wrong for me to go back on such a promise and I firmly believe that there are better and more appropriate sites where PNE could build a new training facility.

If and when PNE put forward an application more suitable for Preston and local residents, I will be very happy to support them. In the meantime I will continue to support residents in their desire to protect Ingol Golf Course as an Area of Major Open Space."

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