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CONCERNS: Debate over new sports facilities application for Chorleywood intensifies

 Published on: 22nd March 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

The ongoing discourse over the planning proposals for new sports facilities in Chorleywood is continuing to cause friction in the community.

Savills, on behalf of Chiltern Hills Golf Club, has submitted plans for the construction of a golf practice area and the erection of a temporary clubhouse on green belt land west of Green Street. As well as this, they are hoping to have a green plateau for use as football playing pitches, including a permanent full-size football pitch with floodlighting.

In last month’s edition, we reported that a golf driving range was included in the application. This was inaccurate, as the driving range has in fact been retracted from the plans first submitted in 2020 in a fresh attempt to appease concerns. We apologise for this error.

While the application has been submitted to Buckinghamshire Council, the land falls within the Chorleywood parish.

A spokesperson for Chorleywood Parish Council said: “The proposal suggests it is a commercial enterprise that will attract people from far beyond Chorleywood, resulting in an irreversible urbanising effect in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is an inappropriate development that fails to deliver tangible community benefit and it should be refused.”

The Chilterns Conservation Board is concerned about the impact floodlights would have, as the Chilterns has “relatively dark skies for the southeast, making it a place people can still experience the wonder of starry skies and good for wildlife”.

Sports England, however, are supportive of the proposal.

They stated: “The Football Foundation on behalf of the FA are supportive of the proposal to provide much-needed football facilities as part of this scheme. The Foundation are supportive of the lighting scheme being designed to comply with the FA guide to floodlighting.”

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