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Proposals submitted to redevelop Cheshire golf club

Words: Laura Edgar
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Anwyl Homes Lancashire has lodged a planning application with Halton Borough Council for 255 dwellings on land at Widnes Golf Club.

Of the homes, 25 per cent have been designated as affordable homes for local people, and the rest would be for private sale.

If the development is approved, the club’s existing 18-hole golf course would be replaced with a nine-hole course, a new clubhouse, and greenkeeping facilities.

As part of the scheme, Widnes Golf Club would invest in Blundells Hill Golf Club in Rainhill, to improve the facilities. The combined membership would be able to place at both courses. 

Phil Morris, member and chairman of Widnes Golf Club, explained that the aim of the proposal is to address the dwindling membership – a problem facing golf clubs across the country. “The problem at Widnes is that our club is on a comparatively small piece of land in golf club terms, we are highly constrained by a main road, schools, houses and a railway.”

The club has decided that developing part of the course for housing and investing in the remaining part is the best solution for the club as it approaches its centenary in 2024.

The detailed application covers an area of 26.65 acres. It features public open space, play areas and green infrastructure.

John Grime, managing director of Anwyl Homes Lancashire, said: “The existing golf course is privately owned land, inaccessible by the general public. Our plans will provide a way for the golf club to continue, whilst delivering homes for local people which the borough most desperately needs.

Subject to planning approval, Anwyl is hoping for a start on construction in 2021.

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