Another two golf clubs could close to make way for homes

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 7, 2015 11:39

Just days after it emerged that two UK golf clubs could close down to be replaced by thousands of homes, another two golf clubs could be set for the same fate.

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Clandon Golf is an 18-hole club in Surrey. The trustees of the Clandon Estate have put forward a plan that the golf club be developed for 1,000 new homes, a business park, schools and an expansion to the park and ride.

However, local councillor, Graham Ellwood, who sits on the local borough council’s planning committee, said: “I’m totally and utterly opposed to any building on that site.

“It is a green belt site. We need housing. We need business use, and there other places in Guildford which will support that happening, but not here.

“If worse comes to worse, I think the land should be turned back into arable land.

“If it becomes essential for us to do so, because of the housing target, we need to look at sites that are more brownfield rather than green belt, and where necessary infrastructure can be put in.”

And Oxford Golf Club could also make way for thousands of new homes under proposals.

A report produced for South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and Cherwell district councils said Oxford Golf Club should be built on to help tackle the city’s housing shortage.

The report states the ‘under-used’ 86-acre golf club should be turned into a 1,300-home development, and this would be ‘a very sustainable location for development’ because of its accessibility to schools, hospitals and sports facilities.

However, city council leader Bob Price also rejected building on the green belt. “This report suggests a whole range of things that go against our local plan, which has already been approved by a planning inspector,” he said.

“The golf course is part of the city’s ‘green wedge’.

“We have no belief it is a sensible or viable option for development.”

Colin Whittle, president of Oxford Golf Club and a former manager at the course, said it was taking more visitors than ever before.

He added: “It is a crazy proposal and I would certainly challenge some of the things this report is saying.”

The development comes just days after it was announced that Botley Park in Hampshire and Flaxby in Yorkshire are set to be turned into collectively nearly 4,000 homes.

Last year Bracknell Forest Council lifted a covenant protecting Blue Mountain Golf and Conference Centre’s land from development, meaning the golf course is set to be converted into 450 houses, two schools and a football pitch, while Rushcliffe Borough Council has alos put forward plans for Edwalton Golf Centre in Nottingham to lose its green belt status, with a view to the site possibly being developed.


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 7, 2015 11:39
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