Council set to approve ‘cemetery’ course

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 28, 2011 14:17

Council set to approve ‘cemetery’ course

Durham County Council is set to recommend approval for a controversial six-hole golf academy and driving range to be built on land that borders a 1950s cemetery.

Local farmer, Alan Howard, plans to build the course and plant trees between it and the cemetery to act as a screen.

However, the clerk of local Horden Parish Council is opposed to the plans on the basis that wayward golf balls could hit people and even break the cemetery’s headstones.

“The proposals should be thrown out,” said Paul Davison. “There is a working cemetery next door, a Grade II-listed building, Horden Hall, nearby, private residences to the north and to the north west an area of high landscape value where views shouldn’t be obscured.

“It’s good for the regeneration of the village, but in that location it’s entirely wrong. If that development gets built, I’m waiting for someone to be seriously hurt or even killed when golf balls come over and hit somebody.

“If a headstone gets smashed, users of the cemetery will be up in arms.”

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 28, 2011 14:17
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