Bid to redevelop golf club's facilities

Plans for an ambitious £1.62m redevelopment of facilities at a Northumberland Golf Club are being teed up for approval.

Monday, 7th October 2019, 6:01 pm
Updated Friday, 11th October 2019, 4:04 pm
An artist’s impression of a section of the proposed development at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club.

Bedlingtonshire Golf Club has submitted plans for the construction of a new 24-bay floodlit all weather driving range in woodland to the west of the current site. A new ‘Centre of Excellence’, which will feature a café, function suite, training room along with washrooms and offices, will also be created.

A new Community Function Suite is also planned through the extension of the existing club house for the benefit of Bedlington residents.

The scheme will be funded by the redevelopment of the club’s existing outdoor driving range at Acorn Bank, off the Hartford Road, for residential housing, in a move that could create up to 47 new two, three and four bedroomed properties.

More than 50 construction jobs could be created on the back of the scheme along with dozens more in the associated supply chain sectors.

Kevin Beaney, chairman of Bedlingtonshire Golf Club, said: “This exciting proposal relocates the driving range and will significantly improve the facilities available for both members of the club and the wider community, through the provision of a community function suite. The range will create a state-of-the-art facility and will further develop our thriving junior development programme.

“In addition, the project will create eight full-time equivalent job opportunities. The club has been developing these proposals for almost two years and will ensure our long-term sustainability of the club, which is an important recreational facility for Bedlington.”

The plans have been submitted by Joe Ridgeon, director at North East based Hedley Planning Services.

He said: “The housing development will enable the club to transform itself into one of the most exciting golf and driving range centres in the region. The new homes will also provide a welcome addition at a time of a national housing shortage.”

“This development will undoubtedly contribute positively to both the golf club’s future ambitions and this important Northumberland town.”