New driving range and academy proposed for Cheshire

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir April 11, 2022 11:01

A company has applied to build a new driving range and academy centre in Cheshire.

Ashbrook Golf Zone has applied to Cheshire East for permission to create the facility on agricultural land close to an existing golf course which, the applicant says, doesn’t have adequate practice facilities.

The applicant Robert Ashbrook, is an advanced PGA professional, and said: “This development and practice facilities proposed will enable me to develop learning and skills to young people as well as a facility for local people and professionals to practise their golf.

“England Golf have already stated that there aren’t enough resources in our area for practice facilities and presently, in my academy, I have county and England level players which I must take out of the local area to coach.”

The proposed facility will have 16 bays, a storage room for machinery, reception area and short game area.

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According to Cheshire Live, the plans are so far receiving strong local support.

Fifteen letters have been sent to the council about them – all in support.

One Whitchurch resident, who is a county player, said: “Having this golf facility nearby, it will help me improve my game but also improve my social interaction with other thriving golfers. This proposal is here to help more and more kids and young adults get into the game, improving their mental and physical wellbeing – and hopefully this project will help me in these aspects.”

Another Whitchurch resident said: “It seems the perfect location, which would ensure more people coming to the town and obviously creating jobs.”

A Nantwich resident said: “Mr Ashbrook has stated his intentions to particularly involve children and newcomers to the sport of golf. This is particularly needed in the Whitchurch area as such a facility is not available at present.

“It should be noted that over two million people have started, or are trying to start, playing golf in this country since the onset of Covid. The provision of this facility, the introduction of new employment, coupled with the relevant experience of the applicant all support the acceptance of this application.”


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir April 11, 2022 11:01
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