Golf driving range appeal dismissed

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AN appeal against a county council decision last September to block a proposed golf driving range in Blyth has been dismissed.

The planning inspector felt the proposed building at South Farm in South Newsham would be poorly related to current development, have an isolated, obtrusive and incongruous appearance, and fail to blend into the relatively flat landscape.

The inspector gave little weight to the suggestion that the visual impact of the golf range could be reduced through additional planting along the site’s boundaries.

The report stated the planting of the intensity needed would, itself, look discordant, to the open surroundings.

On the economic benefits, the inspector said any benefits “do not clearly outweigh the harm that inappropriate development would cause to the green belt together with the harm to the character and appearance of the locality.”

Adding: “Therefore, the very special circumstances necessary to justify inappropriate development do not exist.”