Lakes float­ing lodges plan to get go-ahead

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

PLANS to build float­ing hol­i­day homes and im­prove golf fa­cil­i­ties at a site near South­port are set to be ap­proved by West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil.

The pro­pos­als are ex­pected to se­cure the fu­ture of the Leisure Lakes at­trac­tion in Mere Brow, which would other­wise “most likely fail” with­out sub­sidy from the own­ers’ other busi­nesses.

Pro­pos­als were sub­mit­ted last year to build the 300 acre de­vel­op­ment on land at Leisure Lakes and will go be­fore West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee next week.

The site al­ready fea­tures a nine-hole golf course but an am­bi­tious scheme would ex­pand the land around the course to cre­ate the al­ready ap­proved 18-hole course, build a new club­house, and re­lo­cate the driv­ing range.

If the plans are ap­proved, 140 lodges will be built around the site, through a mix­ture of wood­land struc­tures and float­ing homes off the Tar­leton Bypass.

Space will also be al­lo­cated for a fur­ther 225 car­a­van pitches on the site of the ex­ist­ing tour­ing area and driv­ing range.

Although the plans will in­volve Green Belt land be­ing used for the new club­house, it is con­sid­ered that this is an es­sen­tial part of the golf­ing busi­ness plan and that the over­all de­vel­op­ment is nec­es­sary to se­cure the fu­ture vi­a­bil­ity of the site.

Ac­tiv­i­ties such as jet­skis and mo­tocross bikes, which have prompted fre­quent com­plaints from neigh­bours, will no longer be pro­vided if the ma­jor de­vel­op­ment goes ahead.

Jol­lies Barn, the on-site play cen­tre, will not be af­fected by the plans.

Doc­u­ments which will go be­fore the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee rec­om­mend ap­prov­ing the pro­posal and re­veal the ex­pected im­pact on tourism and job cre­ation as a re­sult.

The of­fi­cer’s re­port also makes clear the ne­ces­sity of the de­vel­op­ment for safe­guard­ing the at­trac­tion’s fu­ture.

It stated: “The ap­pli­cant has pro­vided ev­i­dence of the cur­rent sta­tus of the Leisure Lakes busi­ness that demon­strates that with­out sub­sidy from the own­ers other busi­ness en­ter­prises the vi­a­bil­ity of the busi­ness would most likely fail and would not be ca­pa­ble of draw­ing suf- fi­cient lev­els of in­vest­ment to se­cure a long term fu­ture.

“The pro­pos­als are aimed at achiev­ing a pro­gramme of de­vel­op­ment for the long es­tab­lished tourism and recreation fa­cil­ity that will pro­vide an eco­nomic crit­i­cal mass with se­cure such vi­a­bil­ity and in­vest­ment.”

The plans would change Leisure Lakes rad­i­cally, in­clud­ing the ex­panded golf course, in­set

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