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Biggin Hill Cherry Lodge golf course plans rejected

PUBLISHED: 16:17 16 November 2011

Cherry Lodge's plans were rejected after mass opposition from residents

Cherry Lodge's plans were rejected after mass opposition from residents

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A controversial golf club planning application which would have resulted in 140 extra lorries passing residents' homes each day for over a year has been rejected by a council.

Cherry Lodge Golf Club in Jail Lane, Biggin Hill wanted to remodel 11 of its 18 holes but more than 500 residents objected to the plans.

Bromley councillors declined the plans at a meeting at the Civic Centre in Stockwell Close, Bromley, last Thursday.

Chairman of Biggin Hill residents’ association David Haslam said: “We have won the battle but it doesn’t mean we have won the war. We would like to see the golf club talk to its neighbours – that was the singular thing missing from this application.

“The cost of the scheme’s impact in terms of how it would impact on Biggin Hill residents was really too high. But we hope we can negotiate with them in the future.”

The proposals would have meant 70 deliveries per day between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm – roughly one every three minutes.

Lorries would have had to transport 250,000 cubic metres of “inert material” such as glass, concrete and brick to remodel the course.

Chairman of the plans sub-committee Alexa Michael said: “There has been considerable disquiet among residents about this proposal and it was disappointing that the applicant did not consult the wider community more fully. Members were not convinced that the heavy traffic impact and the loss of residential amenity along with obvious wider environmental concerns could, or should, be justified and members rejected the application.

“We would strongly encourage the club to consult widely with residents if they submit future applications.”

The golf club said it was waiting for the official decision in writing before it would comment.

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