Ingol and Tanterton Neighbourhood Council had sought protection for Ingol Golf Course under "community right to bid" provisions in the Localism Act 2011.
Under the Act, groups can nominate land and buildings with a current use that furthers the "social wellbeing or interests" of the community. Once approved by a local authority, if an ACV is ever offered for sale, community groups have firstly six weeks to submit a bid request, and then a six-month moratorium to prepare the bid.
Ingol Golf Course – which is still in use – has been the subject of previous applications for residential development, and part of it is currently earmarked for the construction of 175 homes by housebuilder Rowland Homes.
Detailing its decision to reject the neighbourhood council’s request, Preston City Council said the ACV nomination had failed to meet the definitions outlined in Section 88 of the Localism Act and the 2012 Asset of Community Value Regulations.
Specifically, it said the principal use of the land had been determined to be a private members' golf club, meaning that the use and associated social wellbeing and social interests of the the land detailed in the nomination were "not a non-ancillary use".
It said that the neighbourhood council’s nomination had also failed to demonstrate that there was a "realistic prospect" that the planned future use of the land would "further the social interest and wellbeing of the local local community".
Neighbourhood councillor Joan Wright (Ind) said there were local concerns about the level of development proposed for the area and the ability of existing infrastructure to support it, but added that residents were keen to see more details about Rowland Homes’ pre-application proposals.