WHEELCHAIR using golf players may soon be able to take to the green at Whiston Golf Club.
The golf club and wedding venue, in Black Lane, Whiston, submitted a screening opinion application, on Monday 27th June, proposing development to the site comprising the re-modelling of the existing course.
The work aims to provide a golf course that would be accessible to both able-bodied and disabled players including wheelchair users.
The work will involve re-designing the current course, including the fairways, greens and tees in the northern part of the site.
The golf course itself currently extends to approximately 35 hectares, the proposed work will not involve the entire course size, therefore affecting a smaller area of approximately 20 hectares.
The proposed re-modelling will remove sharp changes and terrain currently posing a problem in the northern part of the course.
For the alterations to take place, the proposals will require the importation of between 225,000 and 300,000 tonnes of material including composing topsoil and subsoils, taken from the local area and nearby sites.
This material will be imported onto the site using between 34 and 38 lorry loads, per day, via the A52 highway, although a route has not been confirmed yet.
The development is anticipated to take between 16 to 24 months to complete.
Included in the work, and the re-modelling of the northern part of the site, there will be the creation of new species rich grassland and wildflower areas which aim to reflect the natural geology and soils of the area.
A series of ponds and water features designed to optimise user experience, but also expand the aquatic and marginal habitats, will offer further enhancement to the biodiversity of the site.
There has been a previous screening request related to the proposal, dated 6th April 2017.
This prior request included re-modelling the entire site instead of just the northern part.
The potential impacts of this specific development before the current changes to the proposal included damage to air and water quality due to the transport movements and ground remodelling works.
Upon completion, it is expected that the newly proposed work would have no long term effect that would cause significant damage to the environment.
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