Mar 17th, 2016
Council turn down planning for new Jack Nicklaus Course
At least someone’s trying to build a new course!
Words: John Dean
A bid to build a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus looks like it is going to be kicked into the long grass, as planning supremos at Aberdeenshire Council have recommended refusing the application for a Jack Nicklaus Championship Golf Course at Ury Estate, Stonehaven.
The application from FM Group also includes 90 houses, which would effectively pay for the 18-hole course.
The development is associated with a separate scheme, which has already approved, to build 230 homes to help restore Ury House, which is earmarked as a clubhouse and boutique hotel for the proposed £80 million complex.
The council’s economic development department said it was supportive of the course and its associated accommodation. However, the Strategic Development Planning Authority objected because it was contrary to the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan.
A report for councillors said: “Whilst accepting the need and general principle of the enabling development of 90 dwellinghouse to deliver the economic and tourism benefits of the golf course, Enabling Development requires such proposals to comply with all other policies.
“The proposed housing far exceeds the definition of small scale development.”
Jonathon Milne, director of FM Group, said: “Given that the enabling housing part of this development represents a departure from planning policy, the recommendation to refuse was to be expected.
“However, we are confident that the work carried out by our team and independent experts in addressing the majority of concerns, the overwhelming local support for the development and the significant local, regional and national economic impact will outweigh the negatives.”
This sounds a great plan: plenty of houses, and a new Jack course. That floats our boats.