Threatened golf club opposes 'unethical' closure

Threatened golf club opposes 'unethical' closure

Simon Meechan

Threatened golf club opposes 'unethical' closure

A golf club unhappy that a 115-year-old course could be concreted over and turned into housing has set up a petition requesting it is removed from a planning blueprint.

Maidenhead Golf Club (MGC) is one of 23 areas in the draft Borough Local Plan. The plan identifies sites where homes could be built to meet the council's target of building 12,000 households by 2030.

The petition asks for the land to be removed from the consultation.

MGC rents the land from the council, and there 26-years remaining on the lease.

Yetserday manager James Pugh used the club's Twitter account  (@maidenheadgc) to promote the petition.

The Board of MGC is seeking support to STOP this proposed development....

— Maidenhead Golf Club (@maidenheadgc) January 21, 2014

We also believe that it is unethical and unacceptable to close down @maidenheadgc to provide land for development of housing......

— Maidenhead Golf Club (@maidenheadgc) January 21, 2014

and would request @RBWM @LittleFishery @davidburbage to remove the Maidenhead Golf Course from its proposed Local Borough Plan.

— Maidenhead Golf Club (@maidenheadgc) January 21, 2014

One tweet said: "We believe that there are an ample number of sites around the Borough that would adequately meet the proposed housing needs."

The club says it is 'unethical' to build houses over the course.

The Royal Borough's Edge of Settlement Analysis explains why sites were chosen for consultation.

It says the club's land is suitable for housing because it is not at risk to flooding, has 'no known heritage assets' and is close to bus routes, the train station and town centre.

The petition is being kept in the club house bar and in the manager's office.

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