Churston golf club homes plan approved, new clubhouse refused
TORBAY planning councillors have approved a controversial scheme to build new housing at Churston Golf Club.
But they have also vetoed a plan by the club to build a new clubhouse on land close to Churston village.
Residents had opposed the erection of new houses by developer Bloor Homes, who were seeking outline planning approval for for 90 dwellings on the site of the first and 18th holes, along with a 42-bedroom extra care home and an area of public open space.
Planning consent was also being sought by the golf club to change the use of agricultural land to build a new clubhouse, storage facilities and access road.
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Despite the considerable opposition to the plan from local residents and community partnerships, the scheme had been recommended for conditional approval subject to acceptable section 106 agreement.
Conditional approval was also recommended for the second application subject to further advice from the council's solicitor, ecology consultant and senior transport planner, and a section 106 agreement.
Councillors were involved in a complicated debate this afternoon (see below). A proposal to refuse the application was defeated as councillors tried to find valid reasons for turning it down.
A counter-proposal to allow the application was then passed. Follow the debate as it happened in the panel below.