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New golf clubhouse to free up housing land

The proposed site of the new clubhouse.
The proposed site of the new clubhouse.

New plans for a replacement facility at a Northumberland golf club have been lodged, which would free up land for a housing scheme.

A full planning application for a new clubhouse, including car parking and an access road, within the existing course layout at Alnwick Golf Club, has been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

A previous proposal, for a new clubhouse and car park on land next to Greensfield Farmhouse, was approved in October 2016.

The latest bid is for an area of grassland to the north of the 12th green and east of Close Cottage on the Rugley Road.

It lies the other side of the golf course from the approved scheme and the under-construction housing development at Willowburn Park.

The proposed building would include a large open-plan bar and function space at one end, with changing rooms and toilet facilities at the other.

The bar area will include bi-fold doors to the south to provide views to the new 18th green. Double doors on the east elevation would open onto a decked veranda.

Bedroom accommodation would be provided in the roof space – two ensuite twin rooms, three bunk rooms and a shower room.

Pedestrians can get to the site from Hope House Lane and and the unadopted access road known as Stoney Hills, while a new access for vehicles would be built from Rugley Road, which would have passing places installed.

The proposed relocation of the clubhouse is to free up its current site, off Hope House Lane, for 10 new homes – four five-bedroom and six four-bedroom.

An outline application by Northumberland Estates, submitted in April 2016 and approved in December that year, was followed by a reserved-matters bid, by Lindisfarne Homes, in September 2017.

This plan has not been approved yet, but it has been agreed that it will go before the North Northumberland Local Area Council for a decision.

And this is not the only development proposed around the club.

Earlier this year, an outline scheme for 19 detached homes on land north-east of Stoney Hills, between the golf course and Aydon View/Fairfields, was also submitted to the council.

Permission is also being sought for a new greenkeepers’ store, measuring 20 metres by 12 metres, further west of this proposal on the course itself.

Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service