England’s chance of hosting the 2031 Ryder Cup appears to have come closer after a public inquiry backed a property company’s plans to turn Bolton’s historic Hulton Park estate into a potential venue for the tournament.
The plans were rejected by Bolton Council’s planning committee in February. However, following an appeal, Independent Town Planning Inspector Dominic Young has now accepted Peel L&P’s argument that they should not have been. Revised plans include greater community benefits and additional transport infrastructure, as well as a reduction in greenbelt housing development in a bid to restore Hulton Park after years of decline and open it to community access for the first time in its 700-year history. .
Richard Knight, director of planning and strategy at Peel L&P, said: “We made a strong and compelling case at the public inquiry and we are pleased that the inspector recognized the long-term benefits that a revitalized Hulton Park will bring to the economy of Bolton and the North West. It demonstrates that our plans are in the best interest of Bolton and the local people and now is the time for Bolton to back the bid and support further development in the town. »
The decision marks the final step in bringing the proposal to fruition after initial plans were approved by Bolton Council in 2018. Following this, a first public inquiry in 2020 ruled that Peel L&P’s previous plan for Hulton Park should range from forward, before the backhand earlier this year.
Hulton Park is one of two English venues, along with Kent’s London Club, shortlisted by UK Sport and Ryder Cup Europe for a potential English bid for the 2031 Ryder Cup. The latest decision indicates significant improvements have been made to initial plans and highlights potential social and economic benefits as well as other benefits, including improvements in transportation, ecology and sustainability. It is also estimated that if Hulton Park hosts the Ryder Cup it will generate around £250m of private sector investment and create over 1,000 jobs.
Knight added: “We have always been committed to achieving our vision for Hulton Park, proposals that will restore and revitalize the historic park while making golf more inclusive, providing better community facilities, more quality housing and infrastructure. improved transportation in addition to our important contributions. make development net zero. Our plans will also help raise the bar for modern and sustainable championship golf developments. We will keep people informed and make further announcements in due course.
The proposals received broad support during the public inquiry, including from the University of Bolton and Bolton College, Greater Manchester charity GreaterSport, business lobbying organization CBI North West, the Greater Manchester Chamber, Marketing Manchester and the city’s professional football club Bolton Wanderers.
If England are selected for the 2031 Ryder Cup, it will be the first time the country has hosted the event since 2002.