Proposal for 1,000 new homes in Hellesdon moves closer with deal that would see the Royal Norwich Golf Club move

Hellesdon - Royal Norwich golf club.  Photo: Bill Smith Hellesdon - Royal Norwich golf club. Photo: Bill Smith

Saturday, February 1, 2014
6:30 AM

Plans to build 1,000 new homes in Hellesdon have taken a big step forward after a golf club, housing developer and leisure group reached an agreement which would also see the Royal Norwich Golf Club move to a new home.

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The proposals, which are subject to planning permission and the approval of the Royal Norwich’s members, would see Persimmon build on the golf club’s current 120-acre site on Drayton High Road.

The proceeds from the housing deal would allow the Royal Norwich to move to the Weston Park Golf Club near Lenwade, seven miles away, where it would make a “multi-million pound” investment.

Adrian Myhill, captain of Royal Norwich Golf Club, said: “This is a fantastic one-off opportunity for our members to develop a club fit for the 21st century. We intend to produce a club and course of which the members will be justly proud. Selling our land at Hellesdon will give us a unique opportunity to produce facilities of the highest order.”

The 400 members of the Royal Norwich Golf Club, which was founded in 1893 and has the Duke of York as its patron, are set to vote on the proposals on February 21.

The two golf clubs would merge to form a single royal club.

Martin Goymour, managing director of Goymour Properties, which owns Weston Park, said: “Weston Park, set in over 300 acres, is an incredibly beautiful wooded parkland, but to unlock its full potential considerable investment is required.

“We have actively pursued such investment in the park, for its betterment, and whilst many options have been considered there has only ever been one suitor who is entirely focused on developing Weston Park, one with substantial funds to transform it into the best golf club that Norfolk can provide.”

Mr Goymour said he expected the planning process to take between 18 months to three years, and he would continue to run the Weston Park until then.

He said the investment in the Weston Park site aimed to make it “the most prestigious golf club in Norfolk”, and could include new changing rooms, a new club house and an extra nine holes on the course.

Andrew Fuller, managing director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, said he was sure the golf course would be one of the best in the east of England, and added: “The project will also provide much-needed housing for local people, together with significant improvements to the local infrastructure and the creation of jobs.”

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21 comments

  • Yes Bruce87, a NDR which bypasses little and goes nowhere, how stupid is that?

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • We are heading for mass congestion, water shortages and hospitals continually on red alert. We simply don't have the infrastructure to cope with all the planned development, but what do they care when the only thing these people think about are £ signs.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • More pupils for overcrowded schools, more people to complain about airport etc etc

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    paul

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I would be worried about being so near to a large chemical plant,and the traffic effects on the Ring Road. How many exits would there be from the estate? I await the plans with trepidation.

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    bedoomed

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • And the non-catastrophic outcome....?

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • More houses Norwich doesent need, and how many will be "affordable"i wonder. Reepham Road , Drayton Road are hell now god knows what this will do. Are there to be doctors, schools, etc to cope with all these extra people, No of course there wont be.. It would be interesting to see exactly how many local people actually need housing. No doubt it will be more moving in from elsewhere. I live in Sprowston,somewhere else they want to swamp with housing but go to Hellesdon a lot as i sit my friends dog, She lives very near the golf course and sitting in her garden in summer you could be in the country, That will obviously not ,last. Moving the golf course 7 miles out of city will of course involve even more traffic on already over stretched roads but of course developers and our wonderful councils will not worry about such "minor details" will they.Greed and profit are all that concern them, as another open space in city bites the dust,.Cities need open spaces in them, we seem to be in danger of destroying of most of those in Norwich. Where next Mousehold, Earlham Park, Horsford Woods,Thorpe Woods already under threat, will they ever learn.

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    june muskett

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • More misery for anyone using the Drayton High RoadFakenham Road.

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    JanieH

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Just hope the council read these comments , because they will be held responsible for there decisions they make -- name and shame

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    Norwich

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • There is always an inevitability about living in an urban area and having a very large green space on a main road. The main problem that has occurred with new build estates is the lack of access roads, more often than not there is maybe 1 or 2. This development needs to have access to Low Road as well as Drayton High Road. You have to make it as permeable as possible, then traffic can be diluted through the area. That also helps to make the new area integrate better into the community.

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    cm85

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Why move the golf club? just build where this was going to be moved to! Plus why keep building.Do we have the jobs, schools etc to cope plus the demand on gas water. Even though its been a wet winter we always seem to end up with a hosepipe ban. Bring the house prices down so its easier for youngsters to buy, save empty properties being left empty for months on end. Make it easier for people to get a deposit.

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    susiewong

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Developers are not interested in infrastructure , they will do the bare minimum requested by them to sell houses , if and when the development get the go ahead the first thing you will notice is a show house & sales office and you will be greeted with a glossy brochure showing prices development and what's in the area , times and direction what they don't say is you might not be able to use local dentist ,doctors , school etc etc because they are over subscribed . With 1000 properties , most properties have 2 vechicles (2000) , 2 to 4 persons in each property (4000) ? If and when the development get the go a head infrastructure as to be put in place as the development progresses is is down to planners and council , they need to learn from mistakes at queens hill and roundhouse park - loads of properties but no local amenities , to do anything , you need to drive !!! Planners have the opportunity to make this a green , envoiremental , wildlife friendly estate - be interested to see wot the council let the developers get away with ?? I'm sure if they have there way , they will cut all the trees down , rip up hedgerow , flatten the area and brick and mortar the all area - residents need to take pictures of areas before developments start then after ,,,,,!!!!!!

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    Norwich

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • For every idea anyone ever puts forward there is always a catastrophic potential outcome - as long as you think hard enough. Posts below illustrate this principle brilliantly!

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    Voice of reason

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • For al the many excellent reasons why this is an awful deal, there is only one factor that counts. Money. Just love the altruistic comments from Mr Fuller of Persimmon. " Jobs ,much needed housing ". I save the best for last " Significant improvements to the local infrastructure ". Still trying to work that one out. Any ideas ?

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    norman hall

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Someone, for heavens sake build a Northern Bypass, PLEASE !

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Can you imagine the problems with traffic trying to enter the roads around this area. The junctions near ASDA - Middletons Lane etc ?! What a turmoil !

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    Stop Press

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • If planning is approved ( full gone conclusion ) just hope the council planners think long and hard , infrastructure , traffic , envoirement Etc , developers promise the world but the truth is they are only in it for the £££ . Fellows plain development , just a concrete jungle surrounded with brick weave , queens hill a estate nobody wants to live on etc etc the council are suppose to be the guardians to the city and surrounding area so so hopefully they won't let the developers just flatten the area . Trees , hedges , green corridors should all be implemented thus still encouraging existing and future wildlife . Council will have to police the developers because they are only interested in units sold !!! Your paper also stated housing is much needed for the local population , would be very interested to see a census when the development is occupied to find actually how many are local people , because every development which is granted the case for is always needs for local housing but the list never gets shorter

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    Norwich

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Just what we need, more bloody houses, the developers won't be satisfied until every square yard of greenery is covered in concrete , Norfolk a rural county, don't think so for much longer!.

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    peter99

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Reepham Road, Middleton's Lane) can cope with the current traffic, let alone adding a potential 2000 more cars to it. The North West of the city will find to a halt in gridlock. The NDR won't help because there's no direct access to it from that part of Hellesdon. Given what happened at Queens Hills, you can bet the developers will try and squeeze more than 1000 homes in there by packing them in as 3-storeys with the footprint of a 2-bed terraced house.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Thank god normal people who don't do development for a living have thought all of these catastrophic problems because none of the professional developers and building constructors have heard of cars before!! You lot should get involved you could really help them out when they don't know what to do! O no wait they have heard of cars and may well have a solution how are you to know. What about the amount of jobs the golf club at the new site will offer, what about all the jobs the building works will create whilst I can bet you will be complaining about unemployment as well without linking the two stories together.

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    Abzug

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Utter madness.

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    Marigold

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I've lived in Hellesdon all my life I played in Golf course and woods nearby what a waste of beautiful countryside building 1,000houses an opportunity for Hellesdon to have a lovely park . I live on Reepham Road the traffic is horrendous putting more houses isn't going to help .Wake up you councellors do something now before it's too late and no backhanders this time !

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    geniejeanpcqueen

    Friday, February 7, 2014

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