Plan to build golf course at Witham-on-the-Hill hits a bunker

PLANS to build a nine-hole golf course have been recommended for refusal.

The proposal to create the course on land to the west of Witham-on-the-Hill, which would include a car park with 15 spaces and two pedestrian bridges, will be discussed at South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee meeting on Tuesday.

Planning officers at the council have compiled a report to the committee stating that the reason they recommend refusal is because, even though the proposal would have a limited visual impact on the character of the area, the plans would still cause an unacceptable amount of traffic flow through the village which can’t support it.

The report also stated: “There would be limited economic benefits to the local economy with no identified need for the development.”

Robert and Siobhan Hazelwood, from Ropsley near Grantham, submitted the planning application for the course to South Kesteven District Council in February.

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 raised concerns with Witham-on-the-Hill Parish Council which discussed the planning application in March.

The parish council responded to the district council expressing concerns that the site would lose some of its mature trees if the plans were to go ahead.

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

Three letters of objections were also sent to the district council about the plans with worries that the proposal would be detrimental to highway safety, the valuable agricultural land will no longer be used for the production of food and that there are also other golf courses in the nearby area with no need for this proposal.

Mrs Hazelwood declined to comment to the Mercury.