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MIXED RESPONSE: Community divided over proposed new sports facilities in Chorleywood

 Published on: 17th February 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Local residents have responded with mixed reactions to an application for a new golf driving range and football pitch in Chorleywood.

If approval is given, the new facilities would be located on the site of Chiltern Hills Golf Club, next to Green Street and near to where 300 to 800 homes could be built under a different application.

The plan for the new sports facilities is unusual as although it directly affects residents in the village, due to laws around jurisdiction, it has been submitted to Buckinghamshire Council.

The application proposes to build a golf driving range with a building, 25 lattice steel towers to support protective netting, a temporary clubhouse and a football pitch, amongst landscaping, fencing and parking.

This follows the two Green Street applications. If approved, there will be either 300 or 800 homes on the site, depending on which planning application of the two put forward by developers is approved.

Groups wanting the application for sports facilities to be approved include Chorleywood Golf Club and Chorleywood Common Youth Football Club.

One resident stated: “Both young and old will benefit as a community from the facilities of a driving range, running track, football/clubhouse and other activity-related facilities which are badly needed in the locality.”

However, others have criticised the plans, including several residents and the Chiltern Conservation Board, who stated: “Because the development is considered to neither conserve nor enhance the natural beauty of the area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), it would have detrimental impacts on users of the AONB.”

Three Rivers District Council has made no objections or comments on the plans.

Buckinghamshire Council and applicants Savills have been contacted for comment.

To view the application, visit Buckinghamshire Council’s planning portal for Chiltern and South Bucks and search ‘PL/20/0429/FA’.

ided over proposed new sports facilities

Local residents have responded with mixed reactions to an application for a new golf driving range and football pitch in Chorleywood.

If approval is given, the new facilities would be located on the site of Chiltern Hills Golf Club, next to Green Street and near to where 300 to 800 homes could be built under a different application.

The plan for the new sports facilities is unusual as although it directly affects residents in the village, due to laws around jurisdiction, it has been submitted to Buckinghamshire Council.

The application proposes to build a golf driving range with a building, 25 lattice steel towers to support protective netting, a temporary clubhouse and a football pitch, amongst landscaping, fencing and parking.

This follows the two Green Street applications. If approved, there will be either 300 or 800 homes on the site, depending on which planning application of the two put forward by developers is approved.

Groups wanting the application for sports facilities to be approved include Chorleywood Golf Club and Chorleywood Common Youth Football Club.

One resident stated: “Both young and old will benefit as a community from the facilities of a driving range, running track, football/clubhouse and other activity-related facilities which are badly needed in the locality.”

However, others have criticised the plans, including several residents and the Chiltern Conservation Board, who stated: “Because the development is considered to neither conserve nor enhance the natural beauty of the area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), it would have detrimental impacts on users of the AONB.”

Three Rivers District Council has made no objections or comments on the plans.

Buckinghamshire Council and applicants Savills have been contacted for comment.

To view the application, visit Buckinghamshire Council’s planning portal for Chiltern and South Bucks and search ‘PL/20/0429/FA’.

 

Photo credit: Gaunt Golf Design

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