A proposed development by Peel Holdings to build over 1,000 new homes and a golf course specifically intended to host the Ryder Cup in 2026 has received backing from Bolton Council.
The next two Ryder Cups in Europe have been awarded to venues in Paris and Rome. However, this proposed site is Hulton Park in Westhoughton and has attracted fierce opposition from local residents, politicians and Westhoughton Town Council.
The planning officers report acknowledges the green belt would suffer “substantial harm” but argues the benefits of hosting the Ryder Cup would “clearly outweigh” that issue.
Correspondingly should the bid to host the event be unsuccessful Peel would “not be able to proceed” with the plans.
So in summary, whether this huge development goes ahead hinges on the bidding process for a sporting event which won’t be concluded until the end of 2019.