Golf course plan submitted by Maze

Simon Donohue

A planning application for an 18-hole golf course at Leisure Lakes near Southport has been submitted to West Lancashire Council by Maze Planning Solutions.

Leisure Lakes has facilities for camping, caravanning, walking, cycling, fishing, equestrian, golf, football, jet-ski and jet-boat activities, supported by cafes, a pub, children's outdoor play area and recently added Jollies Barn, a new indoor play centre.

The leisure park has an existing nine-hole golf course, 18-bay driving range, golf shop and professional tuition provided by Southport Golf Academy.

It is anticipated Southport Golf Academy would operate the new golf course, which will be developed by site owner Leisure Lakes.

The proposed 18-hole course will sit alongside the established golfing facilities covering an area of almost 138 acres.

It will be set within a retained landscape framework of existing fields, hedgerows and drainage ditches which will provide the basis for new water bodies and woodlands, with significant benefits for ecology and biodiversity.

Andrew Watt, partner at Maze Planning Solutions, said: "The owners of Leisure Lakes are committed to bringing forward of a series of improvements to the range and quality of facilities at the site.

"Jollies Barn was recently added to the list of attractions, providing a new indoor play centre and party venue for young children, and improvements have be made to the existing 9-hole golf course, which players have lauded.

"The 18-hole golf course application marks the next significant step in that process of investing in the future of Leisure Lakes and shows the potential it has to be a really great visitor and tourism asset for the borough.

"We consulted with neighbours, local businesses and councillors at the beginning of the year.

"The response to the golf course plan was overwhelmingly positive.

"Officers at West Lancashire Council have also provided a great deal of pre-application guidance which has been followed, so I expect the process from hereon to be about making sure everyone is happy with the finer details of the scheme rather than the principles."

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