Churston Golf Club clubhouse plans refused
PLANS for a new clubhouse at Churston Golf Club have been turned down.
The revised application for a new £4.5million clubhouse had been recommended for refusal because of the 'considerable' visual impact on the landscape, increase in traffic and adverse effect on highway safety.
Other reasons for refusal included the impact on wildlife, especially protected cirl buntings and greater horseshoe bats.
Officers also said the applicant had failed to satisfactorily demonstrate the terms of the S106 agreement can be satisfactorily delivered, especially when seeking consent from the landowner the Barony Estate.
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Torbay's development control committee was split over the application on Monday afternoon, and the chairman used his casting vote to support the motion for refusal.
Cllr Mike Morey said said he feared extra traffic congestion and safety issues, the visual impact of the new clubhouse and the loss of visual amenity.
There were also concerns about the environmental impact of the scheme.
Opponents said the benefits would be far outweighed by the disadvantages.
The golf club had warned that a refusal would mean an appeal, with its consequent costs for the council and protesters.
They said the benefits would include a new golf academy for youth, secure future for golf club and environmental management.
The revised application for the relocation of the clubhouse was the second from the club and developers Bloor Homes after a previous proposal to re-site it on the area of outstanding natural beauty was turned down by Torbay planners.
The clubhouse has caused a rift in the community, with about 260 people writing in to oppose the plans and another 310 club users and residents supporting the scheme.
Supporters said the scheme would secure the financial future of the golf club, increase the tourism offer in the area, would not have any impact on traffic flow and will not change the character of the area because the area in question has been part of the golf course since about 1923.
Developers pledge to fight on - see Thursday's Herald Express