No affordable homes a 'joke' as 48 building plots up for sale at Falmouth Golf Club (From This is The West Country)
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No affordable homes a 'joke' as 48 building plots up for sale at Falmouth Golf Club
6:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in Cornwall
Building plots which will see the creation of 48 new luxury homes on Falmouth Golf Club have gone on sale, with no affordable homes planned for the land.
The development concerns two sites, Pennance Field, and Swanpool Road. The Pennance Field site is to the west of the golf club and is separated from the course by a private drive. The Swanpool Road development concerns land on the golf course itself running along the northern boundary and fronting the main access road. The Pennance Field development comprises 18 houses and the Swanpool Road scheme will provide 30 houses.
David Hughes, owner of the golf club and managing director of D.C. Hughes (Falmouth) Ltd, said: “There has been considerable interest in these two sites and discussions are continuing with a number of parties. We have made good progress with the associated changes to the golf course and the first two new golf holes should be open for play in the Summer of next year.”
The development follows a lengthy planning battle, which began more than four years ago with an outline application for 48 eco-lodges which would have been for holiday-use only. Neighbouring residents and planning officials objected, but the application was eventually approved. Two years later the golf club succeeded in lifting the condition which would have limited occupancy and now Mr Hughes has detailed consent for 48 “high value” sites – none of which need to be “affordable” homes.
Club members generally appear to have welcomed the proposals, which will see the creation of a new clubhouse and improved car parking. Two of the holes will be moved to make way for the new houses.
“As long as we can still play golf here I don’t think anyone is worried,” said one golfer, who asked not to be named. “They’ve been talking about it for donkeys’ years so it’s good to see something happening at last.”
Another golfer, Bill Berks, was in no doubt that the development would lead to improved facilities. “I’ve been a member here for 50 years,” he told the Packet, “and I play golf every day. The housing scheme has never been particularly controversial with us golfers – we’ve been kept informed and everyone I’ve spoken to thinks it’s a good thing. It will certainly be good to sort out the car park.”
But Cornwall councillor Alan Jewell, whose division includes the golf club, was concerned about the precedent set by the way the planning process had been handled. “It’s a joke,” he said. “None of those homes is going to be affordable. The owner is going to make a fortune but it’s not going to help the housing situation in Cornwall at all. There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s just a joke.”
Nick Jones of Savills in Exeter, said, “This is a phased development opportunity which enables a developer to draw down the two sites in stages, offering significant cash flow benefits. A condition of the planning permission is that the seller will provide a major new clubhouse overlooking the sea, with extensive function facilities and improved parking and landscaping. This will significantly improve the quality of the food and beverage offering, the function facilities and the club environment.”
The estate agents handling the sale are Savills, Exeter.
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