Land at Oakdale Golf Club, Harrogate

Welcome to the public consultation website for the proposed residential development of 10 new high-quality apartments at Oakdale Golf Club, Harrogate.

BACKGROUND

Undertaking public consultation with local residents in advance of submitting a planning application is an important part of the process for Mulgrave Properties and allows members of the public and the local community to engage with the vision for the site and to provide valuable feedback on the proposals.

DPP will shortly be submitting a planning application to Harrogate Borough Council for this scheme, and we are providing you with the opportunity to view and comment on the scheme in advance of this submission. We are submitting the application on behalf of Mulgrave Properties, who are developing the scheme.

MULGRAVE PROPERTIES

Mulgrave Properties is an award-winning house builder specialising in the development of unique, high-quality residential properties. The business started life as the development arm of the Mulgrave Estate based in Lythe near Whitby. As the company has grown, it has expanded its area of operation and is now a significant provider of quality homes in Yorkshire.

THE SITE

The site currently comprises a small part of the existing Oakdale Golf Course measuring 0.25 hectares in size. The boundaries of the site are largely screened with existing mature trees and hedges. The site is outlined in red in the aerial image below.

OAKDALE GOLF CLUB

Oakdale Golf Club was established over a hundred years ago and sits in approximately 130 acres of parkland. It has a well-maintained McKenzie designed golf course, which is a challenge for all levels of golfer.

Oakdale Golf Club has provided an important social and recreational facility serving Harrogate for a considerable period of time. However, golf as a sport, has declined in popularity since its peak in the 80’s. As a consequence, Oakdale Golf Club’s membership numbers have been affected by this trend and traditional membership has been declining over a number of years which has adversely impacted the club’s financial position.

The Club hosts the North of England Professional Golf Championship and Pro-Am every year. In addition, the Club hosts the Oakdale Acorn (a Yorkshire Golf Union event) and is part of the Harrogate & District Union of Golf Clubs Inter-club league for both the 1st and 2nd teams.

The Club hosts 4 open competitions per year which are based upon the following categories: seniors, mixed, gents and ladies. These are supported by over 200 competitors from up and down the County.

Oakdale Golf Club is an important sport and recreational facility in the North of England and the region and needs to be supported.

To retain existing members and recruit new members, the Club is in the process of developing a number of proposals, which includes various components. These include improving the drainage of the course so that the course can be kept open for play on all days; maintaining the club house so as to provide a warm, welcoming and friendly facility for members and visitors alike; introducing a pricing model that provides good value for money to members and visitors alike; and to engage with children in the community and to encourage them to take up golf.

It is hoped that these initiatives will increase the playing membership at the Club since the growth in membership is essential to ensure the future of the club. However, Oakdale Golf Club will need additional finance to cover the full costs of these initiatives and to reduce the structural debt otherwise the club is at risk of closing. To meet its cash needs, Oakdale Golf Club wishes to sell surplus land for residential development on which this proposed development is based.

To retain existing members and recruit new members Oakdale Golf Club is in the process of developing a number of far reaching proposals, the principal components of this are:

  • To improve the drainage of the course such that the course can be kept open for play on all days;
  • To maintain the course so as to ensure that the course always presents a decent challenge;
  • To maintain the club house so as to provide a warm, welcoming and friendly facility for members and visitors alike;
  • To introduce a pricing model that provides good value for money to members and visitors alike;
  • To communicate all of the above widely.

It is hoped that these initiatives will increase the playing membership at the Oakdale Golf Club by 50 players in each of the next few years. This growth in membership is essential to ensure the future of the club.

Oakdale Golf Club has shared these initiatives with its bankers, who have been content to provide a level of short-term support. However, Oakdale Golf Club will need additional finance to cover the full costs of these initiatives and to reduce the structural debt. To meet its cash needs, Oakdale Golf Club wishes to sell surplus land for residential development.

THE PROPOSAL

The proposed development seeks planning permission for the construction of 10 new, high-quality apartments together with associated access, parking and landscaping.

The proposed development is to be a small gated community of two-bedroom and three-bedroom properties which will offer fantastic views down the fairways and onto the golf course. The proposed layout plan is shown opposite and details the location of the two-apartment blocks, each to be 3 storeys high and containing 5 apartments. It is intended that the two apartments located on the top floor are each to have a roof terrace, whilst the ground floor apartments will benefit from patios and the first floor apartments will have balconies.

The proposed development seeks a vehicular access point from Penny Pot Lane where visibility to the east and west can be provided. This access will lead onto a private road. Each apartment will have a designated car parking space within the car port, and the site will also benefit from visitor parking bays.

The design has been carefully considered to take into account the constraints and opportunities offered by the site. The proposed development separated from neighbouring properties by a belt of trees which will be retained. Where possible the materials to be used on the buildings will be sourced locally and will reflect the local character and neighbouring developments.

The established trees and hedgerows along the northern, western and southern boundaries will be retained and where possible, strengthened with new planting. It is also envisaged that there will be planting and landscaping within the site, providing communal amenity space and adding to the already pleasing views for future residents.

The Golf Club has confirmed that the Proposed Development will not adversely affect the playability of the Golf Course.

PROVIDING YOUR FEEDBACK

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the proposed development. Please send any comments you may have by email to jessica.knight@dppukltd.com who will log your comments and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to use a computer, please feel free to post your comments to:

DPP, One Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5HN.

Please submit your comments on or before 5th June 2020.

Once the planning application has been submitted, full details will be available on the Harrogate Borough Council website.

 


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