Posted: Sat 10th Nov 2018

Flintshire Golf club’s plans to introduce more caravans approved

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This article is old - Published: Saturday, Nov 10th, 2018

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A golf club’s plans to introduce more caravans for holidaymakers have been given the go ahead because of the boost it could provide for tourism. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It comes despite claims it would represent the overdevelopment of land at Pennant Park Golf Club in Whitford, near Holywell. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The golf club already has permission for a total of 46 caravans and the latest proposals will see a further 26 brought onto a field at the back of Cae Coch Farm. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Speaking at Flintshire Council planning committee meeting, Mostyn councillor Patrick Heesom raised concerns it would cause harm to an area of open countryside. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said: “While we do support tourism, while we do support the golf club, in this particular case it’s an application for a development which is surplus and more than is being used at the moment. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“They haven’t even used the greater site as it stands so common sense would say let’s deal with it on its merit. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“In that sense I would argue that this application has a serious impact on the open countryside and compromises further provision.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In a report, Andrew Farrow, the authority’s head of planning recommended the application for approval. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said the site did not have any landscape or green barrier protection and was a ‘sustainable location’ for tourism. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

His views were supported by Cllr Derek Butler. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said: “Tourism is a major industry for us with over 3,000 people employed directly in Flintshire. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It’s growing apace and the growth deal will obviously bring more as attention on North Wales is focussed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“On those grounds I can’t see how we can oppose this.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A bid by Cllr Heesom to have the proposals thrown out was defeated by eleven votes to six, which meant the plans were approved.
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By Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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