July 23 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, February 22, 2014
A Hellesdon golf club has swung its weight behind plans to relocate, paving the way for 1,000 homes.
Members of the Royal Norwich Golf Club met this evening to vote on proposals to move from their Drayton High Road course to Weston Park Golf Club, near Lenwade.
The Hellesdon course would become a housing estate under the proposals.
Members voted in favour of the move, in a meeting at Hellesdon High School, subject to satisfactory planning consents being obtained at both the Hellesdon and Weston Park sites.
Adrian Myhill, captain of Royal Norwich Golf Club, said: “I was extremely pleased to get a strong mandate from the members for the relocation of Royal Norwich to Weston Park.
“We’re now looking forward to the hard work developing the detailed plans for planning permission.”
The vote in favour of the relocation to Weston Park was passed by a majority of 81pc.
If the satisfactory planning consents are achieved, Mr Myhill said there is likely to be a transition and development period of about three years before the final move.
Royal Norwich Golf Club says it will invest a “substantial sum” in creating an “outstanding” course and club-house together with other on-site facilities to help ensure benchmark facilities worthy of national acclaim.
Martin Goymour, managing director of Goymour Properties, the owners of Weston Park, said: “I am pleased for Royal Norwich members in that they have reached another important milestone towards their goal of moving to Weston Park.
“The project, upon completion, will benefit members at both clubs and enable Weston Park to be transformed into Norfolk’s premier golf club, a worthy new home for the Royal Norwich.”
The vote followed a two-hour presentation detailing the club’s vision, background and reasons for the move.
Andrew Fuller, managing director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, the developers behind the proposed housing estate, said he was “delighted” with the decision.
He added: “We will now be appointing various consultants to work on both elements of the project to deliver new homes on the current course and in the design and expansion of the facilities at Weston Park.
“This will equally involve engagement with the local community as matters progress, the hope being that appropriate planning applications will be submitted as soon as possible.”
Detailed contracts will now be agreed and exchanged following which detailed development plans will be drawn up for the planning applications.
Subject to planning permissions being granted, the new course and facilities at Weston Park could be opened by late 2017.
Residents have voiced concerns over traffic and services should the new homes be built.