Northumberland golf course goes into administration

An artist's impression of how the Northumbrian Hills development was originally envisaged.
An artist's impression of how the Northumbrian Hills development was originally envisaged.
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A north Northumberland golf course has gone into administration, although it is hoped the closure of the club will only be temporary.

Graham Bushby and Steven Ross, of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP, were appointed joint administrators of Burgham Park Golf & Leisure Club Limited last month.

Burgham Park is a championship golf course, near Felton, and it will continue to be maintained as the administrators work with professional advisors to maximise the returns to creditors.

The club, which has 300 members that use the course, remains a separate company.

Mr Ross said: “We have made a decision to close the clubhouse for the winter and we’re hopeful that this position will quickly change.

“We continue to work with our advisors to progress development opportunities for the site, which includes planning permission to build 50 high-quality holiday homes adjacent to the course.”

The Northumbrian Hills development, as it is known, including the holiday cottages was approved in 2014, but remains unfinished.

Any inquiries from interested parties should be directed to Mr Ross at RSM on 0191 255 7000.

History of the planning saga

July 2014: The four-star Northumbrian Hills holiday-home scheme was given the go-ahead. The 50 three-bedroom, stone holiday cottages were due to be part of a multi-staged development with plans also approved for a pavilion with restaurant, bar, leisure facilities and a golf academy.

May 2015: Planning committee members deferred a decision on a bid for 14 executive homes, an ‘enabling development’ for the wider unfinished scheme.

October 2015: Councillors reluctantly agreed to approve the 14 houses.