Burhill Golf Club loses greenbelt planning application

Norwood Farm: Not being built upon for now

Norwood Farm: Not being built upon for now

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Elmbridge

Proposals to turn stable buildings into offices within the Cobham greenbelt have been rejected.

There were 78 letters of objections against Burhill Golf Club's plans to make alterations to an existing building and put up another at Norwood Farm Buildings in Old Common Road, Cobham, to help with the running of the club.

A petition against the proposal had 21 signatures and noted the build and changes would be an inappropriate change for a greenbelt area, that it would be out of character for the surrounding landscape and the developments could cause noise and disturbance issues.

David Tipping said: "We're just very pleased that the council have seen fit to turn down the application, especially on the grounds that it is greenbelt land.

"We are totally opposed to development on the greenbelt."

Parts of the site have previously had planning permission given for a change of the agricultural land to use by the golf club.

The Environment Agency had no objections, as water drainage would not increase the flood risk.

However, because it was within the greenbelt and the proposals would increase the building coverage by 24 per cent, the plan was decided to be harmful to the character and openness of the greenbelt.

Surrey County Council rchaeology department had concerns there could be 'buried and unknown archaeological assets of pre-historic or later origin' on the site, and wanted archaelogical work to take place before any development.

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