The golf club’s plans to build 14 houses on the 10th hole of the Bolton course will be decided this week
A PLAN for a golf club to convert part of its course into homes should be decided this week.
Deane Golf Club and Ascalon Properties Ltd have applied for planning permission for 14 homes on land at the southwestern tip of the course, with access from Armadale Road.
The club wishes to use the capital from the sale of the site to reinvest in the course and its facilities to support the long term future of the club.
The area is part of the club’s 10th hole and if development continues the course will be reconfigured to create a different hole for golfers.
The houses adjoin the site to the east along Armadale Road, Arran Close and Beaumont Drive.
The plans show that the layout would be 12 detached houses and two semi-detached houses.
The request is due to be considered by the Bolton council planning committee on Thursday.
A report from an urban planning officer published by the council advises that the plans must be approved.
The report said: “The applicant stated that the proposed development would help financially support and sustain the long term future of the Deane Golf Club, with the revenue generated being reinvested in the course and its facilities.
“If a building permit was granted, the club would reconfigure holes 10 and 11 with the same yardage and at least an equivalent challenge for golfers to deal with the loss of the application site.
“Plans were submitted with the request to show how this could be achieved. ”
The document adds that during the three-year period 2018-2020, the club have traded at a loss and cannot continue to operate in their current format as well as invest for the future.
The club recorded a net loss of 80 members over the same period, which, along with the Covid-19, resulted in a significant loss of income.
The regime generated 12 letters of objection.
Among the complaints were the “loss of green space”, poor visibility from the proposed access point and the fact that “Armadale Road is already being treated as a race track”.