HUNTERCOMBE Golf Club wants to build eight houses on its land to fund improvements to its
HUNTERCOMBE Golf Club wants to build eight houses on its land to fund improvements to its facilities.
It want to demolish two properties, which currently house two members of staff, on a 0.59-hectare piece of land off Nuffield Hill to make way for the development of three- and four-bedroom properties.
The entrance road to the golf course is currently used to access the two properties.
In an outline application to South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, the club says two of the new houses would be retained for the key workers at the club and the other six would be sold on the open market.
A planning statement says: “Planning permission is sought for residential development which will directly fund a number of fundamental improvements to the golf club to secure its future.
“In so doing, these improvements will directly benefit the local economy in terms attracting more visitors to the area.”
The improvements would include modernisation of the clubhouse, bunker renovation, rebuilding of tees, upgrading practice facilities, enlarging the pro shop, creating more buggy storage and upgrading the irrigation Â system.
The statement says: “Like many golf clubs and other commercial sport and leisure facilities, Huntercombe Golf Club’s revenue streams have been adversely affected by the downturn in the economy in recent years and by increased competition in the leisure market.
“The club’s board of directors is seeking to remedy the situation by improving the club’s facilities and consequently broadening its appeal as a golf course.
“Without the immediate capital to undertake the work, however, the club’s intention is to use the proceeds from the sale of the application site for residential development to fund the upgrading of its facilities.”