Three more golf clubs involved in land sell off for housing

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim December 14, 2015 12:41

At least three more golf clubs are involved in schemes to sell off their land in order to build housing – in one case this will even result in the club shutting down.

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Golf venues selling parts or all of their land for housing has become a major trend in recent years as the UK’s housing shortage combined with golf’s financial shortcomings has provided an economic solution to many operators.

Bradley Park Golf Club in Yorkshire has been earmarked to be closed down to make way for 2,000 homes, while Sonning Golf Club and Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club both intend to build homes on their land to boost revenues.

Planners want to sell off municipal Bradley Park Golf Club to make way for 2,000 new homes.

Kirklees Council’s planning official Richard Hollinson said: “Bradley Park is currently green belt in the unitary development plan and there are small pockets of local wildlife interest on the site. But it’s not the whole site.

“The evidence suggests that for the district as a whole there are too many golf courses for the number of golfers. There’s an over-supply of golf provision.

“In order for the council to bring a site like this forward, there would have to be more work done on how we provide some replacement provision.”

Sonning Golf Club in Reading wants to build 17 barn-style houses to help boost profits and attract more golf following a ‘decline in membership’.

The plans have been submitted to Wokingham Borough Council to build the estate in a redundant section of the club.

A spokesman for the developer said: “In recent years golf clubs have suffered a decline in membership and green fees while operating costs have risen, not least because of more extreme climate events.

“Most golf clubs have sought to diversify their income by staging more events; and becoming venues for community and family functions, thus becoming more important as community assets.

“Sonning Golf Club is no exception. The proposal is for a courtyard of barn style houses centred around a single large manse as a centre point, which will provide a shell for four apartments, with two short terraces of affordable houses to the front of the site, providing a total of four flats and 13 houses.”

And Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club in Kent wants to bulldoze its clubhouse to make way for a replacement club, with a first floor staff flat and holiday accommodation, and three new detached homes.

A spokesman for the club said a new clubhouse will provide the facilities needed for the next century to ensure the club continues and provides recreation and community benefits for its members, friends and the town.

He added: “The new clubhouse will be slightly bigger than the existing one and the facilities will be much better.

“We don’t have the funds to build this clubhouse. So that is why we need to get planning permission for the three houses to be built on surplus land, which is located on the periphery of the club.

“The land cannot be used as part of the golf course because of its proximity to residential houses. It is surplus to the club’s requirements and has not been used for any significant purpose for many years.

“This development is considered vital if the club and course is to survive in what is currently a difficult period for golf clubs. Many have ceased operating including, locally, Herne Bay Golf Club.”


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim December 14, 2015 12:41
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  1. Adrian Stiff December 16, 09:51

    Good news for a change, congrats to all the clubs and the local ones will benifit from more members joining.

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  2. David John Wicks December 15, 06:52

    These golf clubs are prime sites for building on and a lot were brought with this in mind

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