Hellesdon golf club members vote in favour of 1,000 homes vision

The Royal Norwich Golf Club at Hellesdon, where developers are proposing to build a thousand houses. Golfers crossing the busy Drayton High Road. Picture: Denise Bradley The Royal Norwich Golf Club at Hellesdon, where developers are proposing to build a thousand houses. Golfers crossing the busy Drayton High Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Saturday, February 22, 2014
11:02 AM

A Hellesdon golf club has swung its weight behind plans to relocate, paving the way for 1,000 homes.

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The Royal Norwich Golf Club at Hellesdon, where developers are proposing to build a thousand houses. Golfers crossing the busy Drayton High Road. Picture: Denise BradleyThe Royal Norwich Golf Club at Hellesdon, where developers are proposing to build a thousand houses. Golfers crossing the busy Drayton High Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Members of the Royal Norwich Golf Club met this evening to vote on proposals to move from their Drayton High Road course to Weston Park Golf Club, near Lenwade.

The Hellesdon course would become a housing estate under the proposals.

Members voted in favour of the move, in a meeting at Hellesdon High School, subject to satisfactory planning consents being obtained at both the Hellesdon and Weston Park sites.

Adrian Myhill, captain of Royal Norwich Golf Club, said: “I was extremely pleased to get a strong mandate from the members for the relocation of Royal Norwich to Weston Park.

“We’re now looking forward to the hard work developing the detailed plans for planning permission.”

The vote in favour of the relocation to Weston Park was passed by a majority of 81pc.

If the satisfactory planning consents are achieved, Mr Myhill said there is likely to be a transition and development period of about three years before the final move.

Royal Norwich Golf Club says it will invest a “substantial sum” in creating an “outstanding” course and club-house together with other on-site facilities to help ensure benchmark facilities worthy of national acclaim.

Martin Goymour, managing director of Goymour Properties, the owners of Weston Park, said: “I am pleased for Royal Norwich members in that they have reached another important milestone towards their goal of moving to Weston Park.

“The project, upon completion, will benefit members at both clubs and enable Weston Park to be transformed into Norfolk’s premier golf club, a worthy new home for the Royal Norwich.”

The vote followed a two-hour presentation detailing the club’s vision, background and reasons for the move.

Andrew Fuller, managing director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, the developers behind the proposed housing estate, said he was “delighted” with the decision.

He added: “We will now be appointing various consultants to work on both elements of the project to deliver new homes on the current course and in the design and expansion of the facilities at Weston Park.

“This will equally involve engagement with the local community as matters progress, the hope being that appropriate planning applications will be submitted as soon as possible.”

Detailed contracts will now be agreed and exchanged following which detailed development plans will be drawn up for the planning applications.

Subject to planning permissions being granted, the new course and facilities at Weston Park could be opened by late 2017.

Residents have voiced concerns over traffic and services should the new homes be built.

18 comments

  • Let's hope if planning is granted , planners & developers don't mess up like other development in the area , queens hill & cringlleford , name but two - no infrastructure , concrete jungles and to go anywhere even going to a shop involes using a car ??? Developer are only interesting in building houses , making money and get out and move to the next green site , then the community as to live with the consequences - planners are paid to make sure this doesn't happen , if it does planners , council should be held accounted -and fined and loose there jobs !! Will also be interested to see how much of the mature trees , hedges etc will be preserved or will persimmon homes get there way and just flatten it , make loads of money and run

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    Norwich

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Free market Marty? I wouldn't be so sure. It will be interested to see how much state money is involved in this in some way. Agree a bit with Billy that we could probably do with smaller properties. Anyway headline today is that rents are falling in the East of England so is there the demand for these properties?

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    JohnnyH

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • As usual everyone making up their mind and slagging other people off before they know any facts or any of the plans!! why not wait for the plans then see what you think!! or is that too logical for you all!! probably!! Quote from persimmon “We are delighted to be involved with this project and look forward to working with the Royal Norwich Golf Club to be able to facilitate the relocation of the club to what I am sure will be one of the best golf courses in the East of England. The project will also provide much needed housing for local people together with significant improvements to the local infrastructure and the creation of jobs" Answer to all comments so far INFRASTRUCTURE WILL CHANGE thats how weresidentscommunitynorwich will cope with the extra cars and people!! or you could all ignore the facts and disagree!!!

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    Abzug

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • It's always about money sadly and the government saying we need to build so many thousand more houses in this area. I'm in a rural village but loads of houses are being built, start as 2 bungalows which everyone agreed with, then it was 4 bungalows then it was 4 cottages but the cottages are bright red town houses and now the rd floods even more so they are building 8 more further down the road! No paths or street lighting as its rural and would like it to stay that way, single file rd with passing places but they are only providing parking for 2 cars per house so what happens when they have visitors? They park in passing places? Loads of houses up for sale here so no one wants them!

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    thumper327

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • good news not I'm so glad I moved out of Norwich last year not too far out but away from the misery of sitting in traffic all day everyday How on earth is the junction at middletons lane going to cope with more traffic and no doubt there will be a road coming out at the low road so even more traffic on marlpit lane .

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    david106

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Weston Park is great course already, investment will make it better than other over rated courses around Norwich

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    DaveG

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Does the public not have any say on this, another huge open site will be covered in concrete, there are plenty of large office blocks in the city which are empty and could be knocked down to provide housing.

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    gerry mitson

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • What a surprise. Just what the region needed,a thousand new homes. Persimmon were pleased. Of course,pardon the pun, they were. Loads of money to be made building tick tacky little boxes. As for the residents of the area. Who gives a stuff. What is a few extra thousand cars joining the daily commute. So what if the doctors waiting times are increased. The main point is that Persimmon make money.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • just read all the happy news about the nice preposed development(NOT).. so lets take this man up on his quote "Andrew Fuller, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, said “We are delighted to be involved with this project and look forward to working with the Royal Norwich Golf Club to be able to facilitate the relocation of the club to what I am sure will be one of the best golf courses in the East of England. The project will also provide much needed housing for local people together with significant improvements to the local infrastructure and the creation of jobs" !!! i live in hellesdon and it already takes nearly a week to get a doctors appointment, schools are fit to bursting and the roads are far to busy.. so does that mean that roads will be widened,, schools will be built and expanded and if ther are jobless people around hellesdon they are going to get first refusal to any jobs that there may be??? lets think about that for just one second now??? the answer to them questions we all already know!! so out of the 1000ish homes how many are allocated for social housing??

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    matman

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Instead of 1000 homes,why not build 5000 1 bed ,2 bed,appartments,then single people all over Norwich can downsize out of there homes into the appartments

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    Blocked User

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Planning permission soon to be granted for the Northern Bypass to cut straight through the middle of Weston Park!

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Just where is the traffic going to go? everywhere you look is already congested, oh yes the NDR, but that not a lot of good if you want to get into Norwich is it? Anyway you have to get to the NDR in the first place. No it's down to pure utter greed and stupidity to allow that amount of housing here.

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    Catton Man

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Well Billy, maybe the County Council could invest some of the money in work on adult literacy so that we would not be subjected to your unbelievable spelling and grammar!

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    Nelson

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Hey, it's the free market! It's all good ;)

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    marty r

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Let's hope the golfers who voted to move to Weston Park get stuck in the extra traffic created whilst on their way to their new club.

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    JanieH

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • JaineH couldn't agree more, I HOPE they miss their games due to traffic congestion!!. However on a more down to earth approach what about services that need to get where they are going to?....how many people will die due to ambulancespolice a) not getting there in time b) not getting to hospital on time and die as a result of their injury?????. gerry mitson, quite honestly the public do not have a say because the bodies concerned know full well they would say a resounding NO!!!!!!!! norman hall, spot on sir!! it's all about and allways will be about money at who's expense no one cares. billythebookie, well if you downsize at least you won't be anywhere near me (thank God)....I am happy being sigle in my one bed flat where I am now thank you....hope you get on with your new neighbours though!! Nelson, guess btb spent more time in the bookies than in class....that's why we get subjected to this rather off putting description for grammar!! Thats all folks!!

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    FredJ

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Instead of 1000 homes,why not build 5000 1 bed ,2 bed,appartments,then single people all over Norwich can downsize out of there homes into the appartments

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    Blocked User

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • The latter Norwich, as always.

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    Catton Man

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

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