Churston Golf Club's 'Plan B' swings into action
CHURSTON Golf Club is looking at a 'Plan B' for its new clubhouse.
The club is hoping to get local residents on board with its revised plans which, it has now been revealed, would see the new clubhouse built on its current third hole near the junction between Bridge Road and Bascombe Road.
In June the club had its planning application for a new state-of-the art clubhouse turned down by Torbay Council after local residents mounted a campaign opposing the plan.
Many residents said the proposed clubhouse would have been out of keeping with the rest of the area and would have generated extra traffic.
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The biggest objection was it was in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The same members of the planning committee, however, approved a plan by developers Bloor Homes to erect 90 dwellings and a 42-bed extra care home on the site of the club's first and 18th holes.
The club said it had six months to decide whether to launch a planning appeal over the original refusal.
Chairman Tim Lake said the club was now looking at 'Option B' and third hole was the preferred option.
"It is within our land and is not in the AONB," he said. "We have been working very hard on a compromise which will please residents but I doubt they will be happy. We think it is quite exciting."
He said the housing scheme on the first and 18th holes would only go ahead when the issue of the clubhouse had been resolved.
He added: "We've spoken with some of the residents about our Plan B and so far the feedback seems positive."
A public exhibition is being planned to give locals a chance to have a look at the new proposal.
Geoff Melbourne, chairman of RAGS, the residents group against the golf course development, said he was aware the club was looking at a new application but insisted no-one had approached RAGS or the community partnership.
Adam Billing, chairman of Churston, Galmpton, Broadsands Partnership said: "It will be interesting to see how highways issues with Bridge Road are now overcome. This narrow road with its difficult junctions has tragically been the site of two recent fatal accidents."
The public consultation is at the golf club on Friday, October 12 from 5pm to 7pm and on Saturday October 13 between 10am and 2pm.