Golf club to grow by the building of 56 homes

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir November 23, 2016 12:53

A Scottish golf club is to fund improvements by selling its practice ground to a developer, which will build 56 homes.

Brommieknowe Golf Club says the money it will receive will retain its role as a leading golf club in Midlothian.

The 56 CALA Homes site will include a mix of high quality and 14 affordable homes.

Following the development’s overwhelming backing by local councillors and support from the golf club, the purchase of the golf club owned land ensures the proceeds of the sale are kept local, invested back into the club as part of a wider strategy including clubhouse and course improvements, said a spokesman.

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John White, Captain of Broomieknowe Golf Club, said: “It is greatly important to the wider area that as we retain our role as a leading golf club in Midlothian and to do that we have to be able to fund necessary improvements.

“With approximately 800 members, playing and social, the club is firmly at the heart of the community and its success is felt throughout the club and across the wider area.

“After years of discussion, we’re delighted that CALA is now progressing the site and in doing so increasing our potential membership base.”

The Broomieknowe plans are for 42 detached homes, eight cottages and six terraces. Acknowledging the importance of maintaining the wider greenbelt for the community, CALA has ensured its development will include open space.

The first homes are expected to go on sale in January, with first occupation next summer.

Derek Lawson, land director at CALA Homes (East), said: “Having taken many years of community consultation and careful design, we are delighted to have made a start on such an important project.

“We would like to thank the immediate neighbours in Viewbank Avenue who have engaged positively through the planning process which has helped to guarantee the best possible outcomes for both the wider community and CALA.

“It was very important to us that these plans were passed at the local level. It reflects the emerging local plan, which sets a clear direction for communities.”

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir November 23, 2016 12:53
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