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£17m sum agreed over sale of Royal Norwich Golf Club to pave the way for 1,000 new homes

PUBLISHED: 10:09 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 21 March 2017

The Royal Norwich Golf Club. Picture: Shorthose Russell.

The Royal Norwich Golf Club. Picture: Shorthose Russell.

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The sale of the Royal Norwich Golf Club to developers Persimmon Homes has finally been agreed in a £17m deal after plans for up to 1,000 homes were approved for the site.

Architects' image of the Persimmon development on the Royal Norwich Golf Club. Image: Concept ArchitectureArchitects' image of the Persimmon development on the Royal Norwich Golf Club. Image: Concept Architecture

The club had been hoping to relocate their home to Weston Park for a number of years as the Royal Norwich Golf Club site was no longer fit for purpose.

After the planning committee at Broadland District Council approved the first phase of a development of almost 1,000 homes over the Hellesdon golf course, the doors were opened for the move.

Current members of the club will continue to use the course in Hellesdon until 2019, when the diggers will move in and begin delivering the houses.

Work on the Weston Park course is expected to begin this month with a view of opening in early 2019, ready for the change of venue.

Today it emerged the deal between the Royal Norwich Golf Club and Persimmon Homes for the land amounted to £17m.

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed the agreement,” said David Coventry, Chairman of Royal Norwich Golf Club. “This has been a long process for members, the various committees and individuals who have been involved in the project, but we can finally start the next exciting phase in the development of Royal Norwich.”

Following the sale, investment will be made immediately at the Royal Norwich Golf Club to ensure the venue is sustainable until 2019.

The new home for Royal Norwich Golf Club will be developed into an 18-hole and academy course and a new club house.

As the first phase of the Persimmon scheme was approved in June one of the main sticking points at Broadland District Council was congestion on Drayton High Road.

Under the plans the road will become a dual carriageway but only within the boundaries of the new homes, leaving bottlenecks south towards Asda, and north past the Hospital Lane roundabout.

Councillor Alan Mallett, for Coltishall, said at the time: “This scheme will affect a great many people. It would make more sense to do a complete job at this stage rather than leave it for someone else in the future.”

11 comments

  • Norwich is being ruined by at best by the councils obsession of filing in every blade of grass and tying to make the City more important than what is actually is. Norwich used to be the place that many people wanted to move to - not any more and you can see why people of a certain age are now escaping to the country.

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    komakino

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • RE Traffic and congestion Hellesdon. I think I have got a plan, shop over night in ASDA Tesco and do all your errands at midnight. By the way, when schools are on holiday up to about 1030 the roads are much less congested, cannot think why, must be something in it.

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    Cannot Say

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • I'm intrigued as to who is buying all these expensive new homes. The thing I notice about all these new estates is how soulless they all look. Tiny little houses, tiny little gardens, cars everywhere and those horrible green spaces with scabby bushes on them that no one looks after and just get full of wind blown rubbish.

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    Resident Smith

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • This should not be allowed to happen. This part of the cities roads are congested at the best of times.

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    mattc1

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Oh so sad, but pleased that I have left Norfolk, was reasonably quiet and a bit of a backwater but then greedy people abhor that state.

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    guest

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Broadland DC Councillors have smelt it too.

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    Bruce87

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • I don't believe the current Royal Norwich course is no longer fit for purpose. I do believe those running the club could not resist the smell of cold, hard cash.

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    outbacker

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • How, or why can the current golf course be described as no longer fit for purpose?

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    Bruce87

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • High street developers- Bovis , Wimpey , Persimmon, Charles church etc etc only have one criteria to spend as little as possible to achieve maximum profit !!! Just watch the bulldozers come in and destroy the whole area and given permission to do this by our elected politicians

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    Norwich

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • persimmon are a large property developer company well known for cramming in houses of poor build quality, will be a mess and the traffic? just avoid the area at all costs when built.

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    ted

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Be interesting to see how much of the trees & green areas will be preserved!!! Or will it be like any new developments - everywhere concrete and badly built houses with no character- let's hope the council stipulated wildlife corridors etc

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    Norwich

    Monday, March 20, 2017

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