PNE re-submits training ground plan

An artist's impression of PNE's training ground facility
An artist's impression of PNE's training ground facility
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Preston North End has re-submitted its training ground masterplan with an increased offer of public open space.

The club's original bid - including up to 450 houses, the state-of-the-art training ground and public park offering - was rejected by the council's planning committee earlier this month.

The original plans (left) show housing area (G) that has been scrapped in the amended application (right) in favour of public open space

The original plans (left) show housing area (G) that has been scrapped in the amended application (right) in favour of public open space

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Club representatives have amended the plans and will have a second bid at gaining planning approval.

It has removed one of the housing development sites and added and replaced it with a further plot of public open space.

Documents submitted to the town hall read: "This re-submission has now removed (a section) from the residential element of the site, replacing it with further public open space (approximately one hectare)."

The controversial planning decision had caused a significant backlash and a fans' petition was launched.

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The amended plans are likely to go before the planning committee at the meeting on August 10.

A club statement said: “This application has minor amendments to the previous submission having taken into account some of the comments raised by the planning committee.

“We have been encouraged by the magnificent backing received from our supporters and other leading members of the Preston community and we hope that on this occasion the irrefutable public benefits that this planning application will bring to the city will be recognised by the committee members.”