Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 19, 2019

Serco In Further Breach Of Beacon Park Golf Course Planning Permission

Serco a law unto themselves?

The Serco Leisure Operating Ltd/Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd landfill fiasco at Beacon Park Golf Course

shows further disdain to WLBC by yet another non-compliance with a required planning condition.

There has been no published response to a binding order, that “Within one month of the date of this permission details of the date of commencement and schedule for completion of the works shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval”. 

An email to John Harrison at WLBC Development states

“I refer to the ongoing saga of the Beacon Park Golf Course development and the most recent recorded permission signed by yourself, “Dated: 11 January 2019”

“In respect of application number 2018/1164/FUL received on 5 November 2018 and in pursuance of its powers under the above-mentioned Act and Order, West Lancashire Borough Council as Local Planning Authority, having considered your application, hereby grants permission for: Remodeling of driving range at Beacon Park Golf Centre to create a Foot Golf course, remodeling of 1st hole green, 2nd hole tees, creation of mounding and re-profiling of ground adjacent to 1st fairway, remodeling of ground between 1st and 18th holes and associated landscaping. at: Beacon Park Golf Centre, Beacon Lane, Dalton, Wigan

“Subject to the Conditions (and Reasons for those Conditions)

listed on the attached sheet.

“2. Within one month of the date of this permission details of the date of commencement and schedule for completion of the works shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval. The works shall take place in accordance with the agreed schedule unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority”.

“Has WLBC received the required schedule but not published it, as it is not included in the published case documents? If not, what action will now be taken?”

Perhaps it is all down to a lack of interest or urgency by Serco? After all, the landfill saga is as bad a breach of planning consent as you might see in West Lancashire. The Serco Contracts Manager wrote to Rosie Cooper date 31 January 2019 that “Serco are now starting the procurement process and have produced a tender document that is currently out to a number of contractors”. 

CONGU

He also stated “We have booked the course to be re-measured as required by CONGU regulations and this is scheduled for 19th February”.

The only handicap to playing on the once beautiful Beacon Park Golf Course

is Serco, as it destroys the entire first fairway by moving excess illegal landfill there off the old driving range

and re-vamping the 18th hole too. 


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