New golf course plans for Bourne

ANOTHER golf course could be built in the area if plans are given the green light.

The proposal is to create the course on land to the west of Witham-on-the-Hill.

It has been submitted to South Kesteven District Council by Robert and Siobhan Hazelwood, from Ropsley near Grantham.

In their design and access statement to the council, Mrs Hazelwood said: “The proposed course will enhance the character and appearance of the site as well as the bio-diversity of the area.

“Proposals such as that in question are undoubtedly suited to countryside locations and can act to the wider benefit of the rural economy.

“The scheme has been sensitively considered so as to achieve an excellent balance between aesthetics and functionality.”

However residents have already raised concerns with Witham-on-the-Hill Parish Council.

Clerk Rosemary Woolley said councillors discussed the plans a fortnight ago.

She said: “Concern was expressed by a couple of residents that an application had been received to change agricultural land into a golf course and that mature trees had been felled prior to an application being received by the parish council.

“Councillors felt that the letters of objection had raised many valid points and asked that the application be discussed at South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee.”

The site, for the proposed course is nearly 14 acres and is used as agricultural land.

There is a golf course not far away from the proposed site in the village of Toft, but Mr and Mrs Hazelwood are keen to move forward.

The plans for the site include incorporating existing landscape features into the golf course as well as planting additional trees.

Mrs Hazelwood added in the statement: “The scheme has been sensitively considered so as to achieve an excellent balance between aesthetics and functionality.”

The district council is yet to set a date when the plans will be discussed.