Ap­proval for ad­ven­ture golf course

Her­sham: Vol­cano and crashed plane to fea­ture on new course

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS - By Char­lotte Tal­bot

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.

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