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Homes ban bunkers golf club's expansion

PUBLISHED: 11:36 08 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

A GOLF club's hopes of providing holiday lodges and more leisure facilities have been dashed after councillors rejected plans for homes to pay for the expansion.

A GOLF club's hopes of providing holiday lodges and more leisure facilities have been dashed after councillors rejected plans for homes to pay for the expansion.

Waldringfield Golf Club wanted to build three homes to fund the exciting scheme – but planners said new housing in the countryside was against local, county and national policy.

Suffolk Coastal council's south development control sub committee was pleased with the proposals for the extra leisure uses, but refused the scheme because of the housing element.

The golf club wanted to build the houses along with a health and fitness suite, gym, spa and small leisure pool, ten holiday lodges, and add a 375 sq metre new function hall to its

existing club house, on land off Newbourne Road.

Existing farm outhouses would be removed to make way for the new additions, which is something that planning officers felt would enhance the area.

At present the site is home to three businesses – CDC Demolition Ltd, Landsave Ltd, and Jeepers Creepers Ltd – and these would have to be relocated to new premises.

Planning officer Philip Ridley said the three homes were needed to pay for the rest of the development and the golf club had submitted financial information to justify the situation.

"However, we feel there is no financial viability argument we can support in this instance to make a departure from the established policy," said Mr Ridley.

Councillor Patricia O'Brien supported the scheme in its entirety and believed it would enhance and bring considerable benefits to the area.

The housing development was minimal and was in keeping with the hamlet of Waldringfield Heath and the current businesses detracted from the area.

But other councillors felt policy had to be stuck to.

Anni Healey said whether the golf club could fund the scheme or not was nothing to do with planning.

Ron Else said: "We could all think of hundreds of places where we could have extra social and leisure facilities if we built some extra houses in the countryside. We cannot go down that route. We have a policy and we must stick to it."


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