A golf club has defended its planning application that seeks permission for a grand scale remodelling of its golf course after major concerns about waste material were raised by a community leader. Last week, the Times & Echo reported that Whiston Hall Golf Club has submitted new plans to revamp its course to improve safety and solve drainage issues, thus protecting its long-term viability.
A golf club has defended its planning application that seeks permission for a grand scale remodelling of its golf course after major concerns about waste material were raised by a community leader.
Last week, the Times & Echo reported that Whiston Hall Golf Club has submitted new plans to revamp its course to improve safety and solve drainage issues, thus protecting its long-term viability.
Among the changes would be the repositioning of holes and tees with the installation of “high quality greens to USGA standards.”
The golf club had a previous 2019 application rejected on the grounds of adverse impacts and objections outweighing the benefits.
The 1.2-kilometre course lies within the parish of Kingsley having been constructed in the early 1970s without the guidance of an expert golf course architect.
Specialist golf course designers Green Tyger Design Ltd have been called in by the applicant to oversee the newly-proposed project.
A draft waste recovery plan document within the planning application states that the proposed five-phase development would “require a total volume of some 102,531 metres-cubed of material to achieve the proposed landform and raise the height of the landform by an average of 1.3-metres across the application site.”
It adds: “This would equate to around 150,000 tonnes of material.”
Kingsley Parish Council chairman Ken Unwin said he has grave concerns about this fact.
He told the Times & Echo: “This is a resubmission of a previous similar application made in 2019.
“The amount of material which it is proposed to bring to the site is immense.
“Kingsley Parish Council concluded that the previous application was a proposed land-fill operation, masquerading as a golf club remodelling exercise.
“This may well be the case with the present application. The proposal would have very significant implications for Whiston and the surrounding area.”
A statement from Kingsley Parish Council added: “There is a large number of reports and related documentation submitted in support of the application.
“It will take some time to fully consider this documentation so that councillors can make an informed recommendation.”
In response to Cllr Unwin’s comments, a spokesperson for Whiston Hall Golf Club said: “The proposed development set out in planning application SCC/21/0033/Full would bring about much needed improvements to the playing environment at Whiston Hall Golf Club.
“The development has been designed by a well-respected golf course architect and demonstrates clearly that only the minimum amount of material required to rectify long term problems with the playing experience is being used.
“The development would bring about significant benefits to the local environment and landscape, securing a local population of great crested newts, a protected species, and removing large numbers of non-native tree species, replacing them with native trees much more in keeping with the locality. “The applicant has liaised with the Environment Agency, who did not object to our previous application, and proposes the use of only those materials which the Environment Agency considers suitable for use in golf course construction.
“The proposed development would improve the golf course, support the hotel and attract tourist revenue, helping to secure local jobs for the community.
“This is all clearly set out in the planning application.”
Members of the public have up until November 25 to submit their support or objection to Staffordshire County Council regarding the plans.
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