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Peel lodges £240m golf course and hotel plans

Developer Peel Land & Property has lodged a planning application for a leisure-led overhaul of the Hulton Park Estate in Bolton.

The developer plans to build an 18-hole championship golf course alongside a luxury hotel with spa and conference facilities at the site, which covers around 261 ha outside Bolton in Greater Manchester.

Designed by landscaper European Golf Design, the golf course would be capable of hosting major golf tournaments including the Ryder Cup.

The luxury hotel and spa will be built on the site of the former Hulton Hall, which was demolished in the 1950s, while Peel also plans to build aclub house and a golf academy on land adjoining the estate.

This will include a driving range, adventure golf and spaces for education and sports science.

Alongside the leisure development, Peel also plans to build around 1,000 homes on the fringes of the estate, as well as infrastructure including an access road and a primary school.

Overall, the project is expected to be worth £240m.

The submission of a planning application follows two rounds of public consultation in 2016.

If plans are approved by Bolton Council, Peel plans to start work on the development in 2019.

Peel planning director Richard Knight said the project would be a “perfect fit” for the area and would provide local jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

“The new homes are an essential part of the project and will help meet local needs,” he added.

“We have taken our time to listen and address all the issues that have been raised, with the aim of delivering a positive and lasting legacy.”

Earlier this year, John Sisk & Son bagged a deal to build an £84m convention centre at the Celtic Manor golf resort in south Wales, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010.

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