Green light for golf club housing plans

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PLANS for 18 houses on the practice area at Inverurie Golf Club by Kirkwood Homes were unanimously recommended for approval by local councillors at Tuesday’s meeting of the Garioch Area Committee.

The plans, which were the subject of a public consultation, will see a mix of four, five, and six bedroomed houses with associated access, footpaths and public open space.

The development has been recommended for approval by Aberdeenshire Council’s Planning and Environmental Services.

The existing access to the golf club will be upgraded to a 4.5m wide road with a 2m footpath. Existing trees surrounding the site are to be kept, with the planning service reporting that the proposal “would fit successfully within the site, and would not have a detrimental effect on the rural setting or the townscape of Inverurie”.

The site is within the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan and is allocated for housing.

The public consultation, described by Kirwood Homes at the time as “an integral element of any development proposals”, took place at Inverurie Golf Club in August last year,and was generally well received by the local community.

As reported in the Herald at the time, Kirkwood Homes had worked closely with Inverurie Golf Club to ensure that the plans met with approval by the club’s members, and that plans “would assist the long term aspirations of the club”.

Funds from the development will be re-invested back into the golf club with club representative John Miller telling the Herald prior to the public consultation, “The recepit and sale proceeds would help enormously in ensuring the success of Inverurie Golf Club for current and future members”.

Kirkwood Homes land director, Allan Rae welcomed the Garioch Area Committee’s decision.

He told the Herald: “We are delighted with the result and subject to concluding some minor outstanding matters, we hope to be able to release the site to the market by the end of the month in response to an extremely high level of interest from potential customers. This will be a very popular exclusive development in a great location where Kirkwood’s reputation for a high quality of build, specification and outstanding customer service is driving demand.”

Inverurie Golf Club captain Fred Hay told the Herald: “We are delighted that the application has gone through and hope that things can now start to progress.”

The club was formed in 1923, with the original 9 holes opening in June that year. The current course is a 5664 yard, par 69, with more than 750 playing members.