Report backs plan to remodel Lichfield golf course set to be cut in half by HS2

A report has backed plans to remodel a Lichfield golf course.

Whittington Heath Golf Club said the existing layout would be “severed” in two by the construction of the HS2 line through the area.

Whittington Heath Golf Club

Whittington Heath Golf Club. Pic: Google

As a result, plans were submitted to Lichfield District Council to remodel more than a third of the course and create a new clubhouse.

Some local residents had raised concerns about the development, but a planning officer’s report has backed the proposals.

“The impact of the development on neighbouring occupiers has been assessed,” the report said. “I consider the development will not result in unacceptable impact upon the amenities of occupiers of nearby residential properties by reason of overlooking, over-dominance or general noise and disturbance.

An artist's impression of the new clubhouse at Whittington Heath Golf Club

An artist’s impression of the new clubhouse at Whittington Heath Golf Club

“The applicant has successfully demonstrated that this scheme is an appropriate form of development in the Green Belt, while there are further very special circumstances to support the proposal due to the likely impact of HS2 and hence the need to replace existing buildings.

“Economically, the proposal will retain rural employment opportunities within the district. Socially, the proposal secures a facility which promotes healthy living.

“The impact of the development on the local highway network has been fully considered and determined to be acceptable.”

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2 Comments

  1. Steve

    24th June, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    If Michael Fabricant becomes Prime Minister. He could cancel HS2.

  2. Louise

    26th June, 2016 at 10:02 pm

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