Council chiefs reject golf centre plans

Image: Maber Architects

Plans to upgrade the driving range and create a new golf centre at The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club have been knocked back by Rushcliffe Borough Council, understands.

In August, the club submitted plans to add an additional storey to the side and rear of its existing facility in order to create a purpose-built centre for the teaching of the sport.

The proposals included five indoor teaching bays, a new multi-purpose room, a ball store, an office, toilets and a golf simulator and would have involved the re-planning of the club’s car park.

Documents submitted to the council indicated that “at least” four jobs would have been created as part of the plans.

The Nottinghamshire’s long-time owner Alan Hardy took to social media on Friday (4 November) to express his frustration at the decision.

He said: “I love the hypocrisy of @Rushcliffe council declining planning permission [for] a commercial enterprise for residents in their own borough whilst happily building a new crematorium operated by themselves merely 100yds away!”

Rushcliffe Oaks Crematorium is expected to open later this year. Located between Main Road and Stragglethorpe Road just outside Cotgrave, the environmentally friendly facility will be run directly by the council.

As we went to press it was unclear what caused the planning committee to reject the proposals, but Hardy confirmed the news when contacted by

Hardy has owned the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club since 2010. In that time he has presided over a number of major transformations including the creation of a new access road, a refurbished bar and the introduction of new water harvesting lakes.

The proposed golf centre was designed by architects at Nottingham-based Maber.

In a planning statement, Maber said the provision of a purpose-built facility would “enhance the quality and range of recreation facilities at the Club.”

The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club is situated around 5 miles South East of Nottingham city centre and approximately 2 miles to the North West of Cotgrave.

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