AN extension to the Clubhouse at Newmachar Golf Club was recommended for approval by the Garioch Area Committee on Tuesday, (October 4).
The application, that was recommended for refusal by Aberdeenshire Council’s Planning and Environmental department, was deferred at the previous meeting in September to allow committee members to visit the site.
Four trees, that are subject to a Tree Preservation Order, would be required to be felled to allow the extension to be built. The extension would accommodate a professionals shop, store and workshop on the ground floor and a meeting room, office and small canteen above. The Council’s Planning Authority considered there loss to “have a significant landscape impact by reducing the screening to the existing golf club building” and recommended the application for refusal.
A request to address the committee by Eleanor Alexander of the applications agents William Lippe Architects was agreed and she informed members that the golf club had investigated many options on the site but the only practical solution was to locate it as planned.
She noted that the trees that would be cut down were four from a group of nine that had been classified as low to medium quality and that one may have to be felled due to ill-health. She also highlighted that the club had planted more than 10,000 trees, which averaged 2500 per hectare.
East Garioch Councillor Martin Ford said he accepted the applicants argument that other locations for the extension were impractical. He also noted that four trees were screened by many others, that the landscape context had changed considerably since the Tree Protection Order was put in place in 1989, and that the club had offered to plant 24 replacements. He therefore moved to recommend approval, which was seconded by fellow East Garioch Councillor Fergus Hood and was unanimously accepted by the committee.