Plans for leisure centre unveiled

The derelict clubhouse at Standish Court Golf Club. A new community and leisure centre is planned for the site

The derelict clubhouse at Standish Court Golf Club. A new community and leisure centre is planned for the site

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DEVELOPERS have unveiled plans for a new leisure and community centre on the site of a former golf course’s clubhouse.

Persimmon and Morris Homes have announced the proposal for the new facility in Standish as part of new housing developments.

The masterplan prepared by Morris Homes for the redevelopment of Standish Court Golf Club. The leisure centre is on the left-hand side in the middle of the development, just south of Rectory Lane

The masterplan prepared by Morris Homes for the redevelopment of Standish Court Golf Club. The leisure centre is on the left-hand side in the middle of the development, just south of Rectory Lane

The centre, on Rectory Lane where the former Standish Court Golf Club’s building used to stand, will have two 3G pitches for five-a-side football, a multi-use games area (Muga) for sports such as basketball and tennis and an area of hard standing for gym equipment.

The development, which is located at the western end of the new housing estates to the south of Rectory Lane, will also retain the existing car park resulting in 93 spaces and extensive landscaping.

As well as the outdoor fitness areas the proposals include a large gym and a studio with a timber-sprung floor inside the main building as well as a reception, staff offices, a retail area and space for vending machines.

Residents’ group Standish Voice gave a cautious welcome to the proposals but said it wanted to see further details and also had several questions about the proposal.

A group spokesman said: “We asked Wigan Council to release details of this facility as we were worried that it had not been properly thought out. However, the report and proposals are welcome and it looks like an attractive facility that will be popular with the residents of Standish.

“It is not proper compensation for losing the village’s golf course and green fields to housing, but is something that is sorely needed.

“We want to know if the car park can be used for people using the village centre and for parents picking up and dropping off children at St Wilfrid’s Primary School next door, and we want assurances that the charges for the facility will be in line with other venues in the borough.

“We also want the scheme to be built and opened as part of the early stages of the housing development, not at completion.”

The leisure centre is part of an overall masterplan by Persimmon and Morris Homes which includes building hundreds of new homes on the site of the former golf club, on both sides of Rectory Lane.

The scheme was controversially approved by a planning inspector on appeal.