Protest over Kendal Golf Club driving range plan

CONSERVATION groups have spoken out against a controversial plan to create a formal driving range for golfers on a public village green with panoramic views.

Proposals by Kendal Golf Club include a 200-yard driving range, a two-storey range building and four-metre high metal and mesh fence.

Tomorrow (Thursday), South Lakeland District Council will vote on proposals which have been revised after initial plans were thrown out last year.

An SLDC environmental protection officer has recommended the application be rejected. The officer claims the range building would be ‘over-prominent’, fencing would change the open nature of the area, which is a designated Country Wildlife Site, and the impacts to wildlife have not been fully studied.

A public footpath, which crosses the site, would also need to be diverted.

Planning documents also say the planned 200 square metre building would appear higher than any other nearby building and ‘would add to the sense of encroachment of the fell side’.

There have been nine letters of objection, including ones from the Friends of the Lake District, Open Spaces Society and Kendal Civic Society.

Richard Pearse, a planning officer for Friends of the Lake District, said: “The application proposes the construction of a large, utilitarian building in a sensitive open countryside location.

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“The building does not reflect local vernacular, and would detract from the character of the landscape. The impact of the building would be exacerbated through the proposed installation of four metre high netting, and also through the intensification of use of this area.”

Kate Ashworth, of the Open Spaces Society, said changes proposed by the golf club would ‘create a blot on Kendal Fell’. The organisation has asked councillors to reject plans which they say will ‘suburbanise a rural area’.

She added: “It is a registered village green, so people have rights to recreation there. The development would interfere with that right.”

Kendal Civic Society treasurer Robin Yates said members were concerned about the scale of the development and the traffic it might bring.

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11:23pm Wed 30 May 12

boris plasticmac says...

So let's think this out , what is a recreation , is playing golf a recreation?
Do we need recreation police to decide what is a fit and proper recreation, is say dancing round a Maypole is alright but riding mountain bikes not .
It would appear that one man's recreation is another man's interference with panoramic views.
Perhaps its time to lighten up a bit and let people get on with enjoying their sports and pastimes, whether it's playing golf or just having a stroll.
So let's think this out , what is a recreation , is playing golf a recreation? Do we need recreation police to decide what is a fit and proper recreation, is say dancing round a Maypole is alright but riding mountain bikes not . It would appear that one man's recreation is another man's interference with panoramic views. Perhaps its time to lighten up a bit and let people get on with enjoying their sports and pastimes, whether it's playing golf or just having a stroll. boris plasticmac

11:23pm Wed 30 May 12

boris plasticmac says...

So let's think this out , what is a recreation , is playing golf a recreation?
Do we need recreation police to decide what is a fit and proper recreation, is say dancing round a Maypole is alright but riding mountain bikes not .
It would appear that one man's recreation is another man's interference with panoramic views.
Perhaps its time to lighten up a bit and let people get on with enjoying their sports and pastimes, whether it's playing golf or just having a stroll.
So let's think this out , what is a recreation , is playing golf a recreation? Do we need recreation police to decide what is a fit and proper recreation, is say dancing round a Maypole is alright but riding mountain bikes not . It would appear that one man's recreation is another man's interference with panoramic views. Perhaps its time to lighten up a bit and let people get on with enjoying their sports and pastimes, whether it's playing golf or just having a stroll. boris plasticmac

11:40pm Thu 31 May 12

Reverend Mark says...

It's not about golf per se, but about a 200-yard driving range, a two-storey range building and four-metre high metal and mesh fence.

It's just not cricket. Kendal is surrounded by golfing facilities.

I support the rejection of the proposal wholeheartedly.
It's not about golf per se, but about a 200-yard driving range, a two-storey range building and four-metre high metal and mesh fence. It's just not cricket. Kendal is surrounded by golfing facilities. I support the rejection of the proposal wholeheartedly. Reverend Mark

7:10pm Sat 2 Jun 12

Moonbase says...

200 yards can't be classed as a driving range.
If that's as far as you can hit it,it's time to give up.
I would putt this on a back burner until you iron out the issues....
200 yards can't be classed as a driving range. If that's as far as you can hit it,it's time to give up. I would putt this on a back burner until you iron out the issues.... Moonbase

5:49pm Tue 5 Jun 12

life cycle too says...

Interesting that of the NINE letters of objection, a third are from protest groups who have no interest within the village.

How come there was not more widespread objections from the people that LIVE next to or near this development?

Where are the other driving ranges around Kendal then Rev Mark?
Interesting that of the NINE letters of objection, a third are from protest groups who have no interest within the village. How come there was not more widespread objections from the people that LIVE next to or near this development? Where are the other driving ranges around Kendal then Rev Mark? life cycle too

11:04pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Old Fart says...

The land does not belong to the golf club, so why should they be allowed to build a driving range?

There is a driving range at Oxenholme, a ten minute car ride away.
The land does not belong to the golf club, so why should they be allowed to build a driving range? There is a driving range at Oxenholme, a ten minute car ride away. Old Fart

9:32am Wed 6 Jun 12

life cycle too says...

Old **** wrote:
The land does not belong to the golf club, so why should they be allowed to build a driving range?

There is a driving range at Oxenholme, a ten minute car ride away.
Did you write that in your letter of objection?

Maybe they are taking SLDCs advice on reducing unnecessary car journeys, or the Oxenholme facility is too busy?
[quote][p][bold]Old ****[/bold] wrote: The land does not belong to the golf club, so why should they be allowed to build a driving range? There is a driving range at Oxenholme, a ten minute car ride away.[/p][/quote]Did you write that in your letter of objection? Maybe they are taking SLDCs advice on reducing unnecessary car journeys, or the Oxenholme facility is too busy? life cycle too

10:16am Wed 6 Jun 12

Old Fart says...

If you wish to use a bus, the drop off point is about fifty yards away from Oxenholme Station.

There is also a driving range at Carus Green club on Burneside road. That has a bus stop nearby if you are a lover of SLDCs whims.
If you wish to use a bus, the drop off point is about fifty yards away from Oxenholme Station. There is also a driving range at Carus Green club on Burneside road. That has a bus stop nearby if you are a lover of SLDCs whims. Old Fart

11:52am Wed 6 Jun 12

sonorbloke says...

life cycle too says...
5:49pm Tue 5 Jun 12


Where are the other driving ranges around Kendal then Rev Mark?”


There's one at Carus Green on the Burneside road and another close to Oxenholme station.
life cycle too says... 5:49pm Tue 5 Jun 12 Where are the other driving ranges around Kendal then Rev Mark?” There's one at Carus Green on the Burneside road and another close to Oxenholme station. sonorbloke

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