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Sproston golf course plan driven through

OCCUPIERS of a barn conversion objected when renewed permission was sought for a nine-hole golf course.

OCCUPIERS of a barn conversion objected when renewed permission was sought for a nine-hole golf course.

The issue arose at Kinderton Hall Farm, Byley Lane, Sproston, where Mr Stephen Lea has plans for a nine-hole par 36 golf course, a driving range, club house and car park on 38 hectares of former grazing land.

The development, which includes landscaping, was originally approved in 2004, Cheshire West Council’s strategic planning committee heard.

That consent has expired and since the original decision, barns at the Grade Two* listed farmhouse at Kinderton Hall, which dates back to the early 18th century, have been converted to residential living.

Residents told planners they oppose the scheme due to the change in circumstances.

The converted properties are close to the development and they believe the course would adversely affect the character and look of the landscape.

They’re concerned at floodlighting and argue the clubhouse will detract from Kinderton Hall which is a scheduled ancient monument and includes earthworks from the original moat.

English Heritage advised that a separate application would be required for consent and it would be impossible for the course to go-ahead if its effect was unacceptable.

The fairway to the 9th hole and the 8th green would affect the monument, according to a report presented to the committee.

Councillors were told the development would not have a detrimental effect on the listed farmhouse, the barn conversions or the landscape.

The “modest” single storey club house would be as previously approved.

Planning officers accepted the effect of the scheme on occupiers of the barn conversions was “a key consideration” but suggested that subject to conditions, including opening hours, the application was acceptable.

They recommended approval.

Cllr Malcolm Byram (Con, Marbury) sought assurances on light and noise issues and was told by area planning manager Jon Sutcliffe that no floodlighting was proposed.

Cllr Byram moved approval of the project and the committee granted unanimous permission.

 

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