Beacon Park Golf Course Remodelling Of Landfill

Or, how to confuse the public by changes of case number

Planning development 2019/0107/CON is the “Approval of Details Reserved by Condition No. 2 of planning permission 2018/1164/FUL, (which was 2011/0787/FUL), relating to the schedule for completion of the works. Beacon Park Golf Centre, Beacon Lane, Dalton West Lancashire WN8 7RU for Aardvark. 2011/0787/FUL was the original “Partial remodelling of existing golf course and driving range and creation of new nine hole short course” by landfill. 

Now, we have the proposal, but with the chance of a coal mining risk

Dear Sirs (WLBC)

“Ref: Application Number 2018/1164/FUL-Remodelling Of Driving Range

At Beacon Park Golf Centre To Create A Foot Golf Course; Remodelling Of 1st Hole Green, 2nd Hole Tees, Creation Of Mounding And Reprofiling Of Ground Adjacent To 1st Fairway; Remodelling Of Ground Between 1st And 18th Holes And Associated Landscaping On Land At Beacon Park Golf Centre, Beacon Lane, Dalton.

“In accordance with the requirements of Condition 2 of the above planning consent, which requires the applicant within one month of the date of the permission to provide details of the date of commencement and schedule for completion of the works to the Local Planning Authority for approval, please take this letter as confirmation of the proposed programme of works.

“The anticipated start of construction works on site will be the beginning of April 2019 with the construction works phase anticipated to have a target completion date of mid-March 2020 and handover of the site back to the Golf Club in April 2020. As seen from the above programme the pre-construction phase has already started with vegtation clearance, grass cutting and the Golf Course re-measurement is scheduled to be undertaken shortly.

“The proposed construction timeline as set out above shows the actual construction works on the site is anticipated to be approximately 50 weeks. This may vary dependent on weather and other constraints unknown at this stage. It is proposed to prioritise the remodelling of 1st hole green, 2nd hole tees, and the mounding and reprofiling of ground adjacent to 1st fairway within the works programme to maximise the growing period before handover.

“The applicant since receiving the decision notice has mobilised the site investigation works on the driving range to take some core samples of the material to cross check the records of the imported fill to understand it better and also reviewing the mines risk strategy as there are no records the membrane is in place as required by the Coal Authority in the coal mining risk assessment. Both are integral to the form and content of the contract to be awarded to undertake the works. The applicant will inform the Council of any changes to the above programme from the findings of these site investigations.

“In accordance with condition 8 of the decision notice, construction of the development will be undertaken 5.5 days a week. The proposed hours of working during the construction period will be between 08:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays. Any operations of any nature proposed on Sunday or Public Bank Holidays will be subject to the prior written approval of the Local Planning Authority”.

8 years and still a shambles

Between them Serco Leisure Operating Ltd and Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd have dumped landfill massively in excess of planning permission, wrecked the course, taken the royalties, and Serco is now contracting by tender for remedial work. It will have been at least 9 years before the course has a chance of being back to normality. Even that will have high banks of re-located landfill down each side of the first fairway. It’s time for a full public inquiry.

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