Golf club set for planning appeal

A GOLF club is appealing against a decision to turn down controversial plans for an academy on its land.

Barkway Park golf club is appealing against the decision by Hertfordshire County Council to reject a planning application for a three-hole golf academy on its land.

The club is taking its case to the planning inspectorate in a final bid to get the go-ahead.

The plans met with strong opposition from local residents, mainly because they said up to 50 lorries a day would be travelling to and from the site during the construction of the academy.

Cllr Bob Davidson, chairman of Barkway Parish Council, said the proposed academy would be “an out-of-character carbuncle on our landscape”.

He said: “The management of the golf club have made no approach for consultation with the parish council or the community.

“We are unaware of how they intend to overcome the multiple reasons that caused their original application to be refused, and we are unaware that they have changed their proposal in any way.”

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At the time of going to press The Crow had been unable to contact Geoff Canon, owner of the golf club.

Any views on the appeal must be submitted to the planning inspectorate by July 26, quoting reference APP/M1900/A/10/2126390/NWF.

A decision is expected later this summer.