Plans to redevelop a Doncaster golf course with improved facilities, new hospitality and leisure amenities and an element of housing are recommended for approval when they go before councillors at a meeting next week (6 March 2018).
Bawtry Golf Club is a 7,000 yard, 18-hole golf course established in 1974. It currently has a membership of 294 but this has been declining over the past ten years from a high of 400.
The applicant, which operates a hotel, business and leisure complex at Burntwood Court in Brierley, acquired the property in 2015 and has already undertaken work on the course.
Saul Construction, on behalf of Burntwood, submitted a hybrid application to Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in April 2017 for a series of developments at the course.
Full-planning permission is sought for improved golf course facilities, including a pro shop, changing suite, new car park driving range, sports bar and an academy zone/centre of excellence.
A new hotel and adjoining conference venue, reception, health and fitness suite, and a bar and family dining restaurant are also proposed.
The scheme aims to redevelop the existing facilities and introduce new elements to the business to ensure the future of the venue.
Outline proposals for the construction of 18 houses on the site also form part of the application.
Doncaster Council's planning committee will consider the application on 6 March. A report prepared for the meeting has recommended approval, subject to the signing of a Section 106 agreement to secure financial contributions towards affordable housing, public open space and transport.
The report said: "It is recognised that the construction of 18 dwellings in the countryside is contrary to the development plan, would result in harm by reason of inappropriateness, encroachment into the countryside and some visual harm.
"Balanced against the harm... the proposal would develop the existing golf enterprise to provide a state of the art, architecturally impressive building. The design of the proposed buildings weighs in favour of the application carrying significant weight."