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House proposal for Edwalton golf course leaves those who live nearby cold

A proposal to turn part of a golf course into a housing estate has not been welcomed by nearby residents.

The Conservative-run Rushcliffe Borough Council will be discussing the future of Edwalton Golf Course at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, February 8.

A detailed technical assessment was made of the course regarding potential redevelopment.

The council says the course could represent “a good option for residential development” although it adds it should be retained at the present time as “an important community facility”.

John Bridge, 79, retired, who lives on Wentworth Way, is very much against the plans.

He said: “I’ve lived here for 25 years and I walk through the golf course all the time – it’s great.

“I get that people need to live somewhere but the traffic coming down would be a pain.

“It’s a lovely and great area.

“It wouldn’t be good for the area, I hope they don’t do it.”

The council says it acknowledges that there is likely to be “sufficient housing supply” in Rushcliffe until 2038 without the need to allocate this site within its housing plan.

However it also noted that could be included in “a pipeline of potential sites for future consideration”.

The technical assessments exercise identified a number of potential problems, including the presence of a number of trees and vegetation, overhead electricity cables and Gamston Brook, which cuts through the centre of the site.

A resident who wished to remain anonymous, says the golf course needs to be improved rather than a housing development added.

She said: “I don’t think we need more houses, they need to redevelop the facilities there instead.

“Updating the interior and putting on more sporting activities for children, that will attract more people.

“We love walking there.

“There would be lots of traffic, it wouldn’t be ideal.”

Grace Yeung, 40, housewife, of Rochford Court, said: “It is a very nice quiet area, the traffic would be the worst part.

“We use it to walk, we go at least twice a week.

“I’m 50/50 on if I want the development, it’s a nice area and I don’t want it ruined.”

Margaret Hood, 65, retired, of Rochford Court, says the area has got busier already and doesn’t want anything added to it.

“I go to the golf course to grab a coffee and walk around, it’s very nice.

“In the past few years it’s got a lot busier.

“It’s a nice place to live, we don’t want it here.”

Cllr Andy Edyvean (Con), portfolio holder for business and growth at the council, said in his report to cabinet: “The site, therefore, is considered to represent a good option for residential development from a planning perspective and could be included in a pipeline of potential sites for future consideration as part of the Local Plan process should the requirement for further sites arise.”

The council says while the facility should be retained in some form, the golf course had been running at a significant loss of around £44,000 on average over the three-year period 2017-2019.

This is despite many initiatives including improvements to the clubhouse facilities, enhanced marketing and events, signage, and investment in a golf simulator.

However, since the easing of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the council says more people have been coming back to use the course.

This was further aided by golf being one of the first sports to be allowed to be played when lockdown restrictions were eased.

The course is now broadly breaking even.

The course had an annual usage of 45,235 in 2021 compared to just under 39,000 in 2018. The golf centre celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.

Cllr Edyvean said: “It is noted that the increases in golf participation and revenue position have come about via an extraordinary set of circumstances, and it is not yet known whether this will be a positive legacy as a result of Covid. It does have the potential to retain, and increase the number of users, providing facilities improve and there is a high-quality golf offer.”

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