Approval for adventure golf course
Hersham: Volcano and crashed plane to feature on new course
A VOLCANO, a crashed plane and a cauldron will all feature at a new adventure golf course to be built in Hersham. The plans were agreed at a north area planning subcommittee meeting on Monday, with councillors saying they would be keen to visit the new facility. The application for the course, at Hersham Golf Course in Assher Road, also included a new building to house a reception and coffee shop. Plans show
the course will have a ‘ series of putting challenges involving themed obstacles that are linked by landscaped pathways’. Two of the largest structures will be a volcano water feature 3.5 metres wide and 3m high, and a cave 3.5m wide and 2.5m high. Hersham councillor Roy Green had reservations about noise travelling to nearby houses at night, as the proposal is for the course to open until 10pm. He said there needed to be a footpath to Assher Road and work was needed to improve the situation for motorists turning in and out of the road. Overall, he said, the course would be ‘fantabulous for the area’. “It will be somewhere for families to go,” said Councillor Green. “It won’t be a Chessington but it will be something for Elmbridge and Surrey.” Cllr Mary Sheldon was keen for the application to be agreed. “It’s for children and families but I think older people would go,” she said. “I would go.” Cllr Nigel Cooper was worried about too many people descending on the area after hearing of a similar course in Milton Keynes. He said: “If Milton Keynes can attract so many people, it’s obviously a honeypot area. If it’s as popular as that, I’m not sure the car park and highways would cope.” Concern was raised about water at the site being dangerous for children but chairman Chris Sadler said that would be for management to deal with. Cllr Andrew Kelly said only a hamster would drown in that much water. “I think the course is a great idea,” he added. “It will be a great asset and I look forward to using it.” The application was unanimously agreed with the conditions of a 9pm closure and a traffic sign.