Plans for East Horlsey golf course would mean 45 HGV trips a day for 9 months
By Dorking Advertiser | Posted: November 09, 2015
By Alexander Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org
PLANS to remodel a golf course have been met with criticism from public bodies due to potential harm to the environment, wildlife and the green belt.
Owners of Drift Golf Club hope to redesign its grounds using more than 120,000 tonnes of inert waste materials, which would involve up to 45 HGV movements a day for 9 months.
The proposals, submitted to Surrey County Council, include creating new practice grounds and an irrigation storage lake the volume of four Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Among those to oppose the plans for the course in East Horsley are the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust, which said the proposal would be inappropriate to the green belt and harmful to its openness.
In a letter of representation, the Trust said: “We consider the Environmental Assessment provided by the applicant is inadequate with the ecological aspects not sufficiently covered.
“It does not sufficiently take in the extensive wildlife and probable harm caused to rare and protected species.
“The Trust also believes that such high volumes of HGV traffic on narrow roads through residential areas will lead to severe traffic congestion, cause substantial inconvenience to road users and result in a high number of traffic incidents involving both pedestrians and cyclists, perhaps with the possibility of fatalities.”
Elmbridge Borough Council has also raised its objection to the proposal following a consultation by Surrey County Council.
In a letter to the ruling authority, the borough council said: “This council objects to the proposed route of the construction traffic via Cobham and Downside areas by reason of the high number of HGV movements through three conservation areas, past two schools and a number of pinch points.
“Surrey County Council is therefore encouraged to take full account of the concerns of local residents in reaching a decision on the application.”
Ben Beagley, the Drift Golf Club’s general manager, told the Advertiser that the project would include “vast improvements” to its sustainability and ecological credentials.
“The reshaped outfield will create a rainwater-harvesting system making the club fully self-sufficient in golf course water irrigation,” he said.
“The improved driving range facility will also have the bonus of covered practices bays enabling members, visitors, the community and schools year-round golf practice and tuition.
“We understand it will create some additional traffic for the estimated 9-month project but we hope that the long-term improvements to the facilities will outweigh any short-term inconvenience.”
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