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Maxine Peake joins campaign to save Hulton Park

Credit: Artist's Impression/M.E.N Syndication

Maxine Peake has thrown her support behind a campaign to save Hulton Park from developers.

Earlier this year Bolton Council gave the go-ahead for the site to be transformed into a new golf course with space for a thousand executive homes. The Peel Group want the course to host the Ryder Cup

But the plans could be thrown off course after thousands of residents lobbied the government to veto the development. A public inquiry will take place later this year, with Secretary of State James Brokenshire expected to make the final decision.

Planners earlier said the benefits of hosting the world's third largest sporting event outweighed the harm to the greenbelt.

But conservationists have described the Ryder Cup bid as 'fantasy' and opponents fear the ancient woodland and local farming would be lost.

The actor says she spent lots of time in Hulton Park during her childhood. She recently spent time with members of the HEART campaign (Hulton Estate Area Residents Together) to film an appeal video. The group say they need the public's help to pay the legal costs that it'll take to go to a public inquiry.