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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