Worried residents object to Baildon Golf Club plans for new club house

An artist’s impression of Baildon Golf Club

Baildon Golf Club planning chairman Geoff Illingworth

An artist’s impression of Baildon Golf Club

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Ambitious plans have been drawn up to relocate Baildon Golf Club and create a green “19th Hole” complete with solar panels and rainwater recycling.

All 250 members of the club voted in favour of the plan which involves replacing the existing clubhouse – plus create five new homes on the existing site to be sold and the profits used to fund the project.

An application has now been submitted to Bradford Council but it has attracted objections from five residents of Brantcliffe Way concerned the cul-de-sac might become a busy route to the new-look club.

Architects Plot 74, of Gilstead, outlined its key points: l to redevelop the existing water treatment works adjacent to Baildon Golf Club l demolish and relocate the existing golf club to the new site l develop five new dwellings on the existing golf club site and refurbish the existing house.

The application says the objective is to attract more members with a “bespoke” building to increase revenues and cut costs with energy saving technologies.

The south-facing roof is designed for solar panels and gathered rainwater will become “grey water” used to flush toilets.

“All the club members are very excited by the prospect of a new clubhouse,” said Geoff Illingworth, chairman of its planning sub-committee. “We held an extraordinary general meeting and it was a unanimous vote to go forward.”

The application suggests in would be accessed primarily via Brantcliffe Way but five householders have sent written objections. One resident wrote: “I believe that adding other properties will adversely affect the value of my property as well as affecting it and me in other ways.

“Brantcliffe Way is a narrow cul-de-sac which also leads to a path used by many dog walkers and families with young children as an access on to Baildon Moor.

“Brantcliffe Way is not wide enough for two vehicles to pass without removing the pavements which would then make it very dangerous for pedestrians.

“The most sensible route to access would be via the existing road which serves the clubhouse and if this route was implemented I would suggest there would be no objections from neighbours.”

Speaking for the club, Mr Illingworth said it was aware of neighbours’ concerns and said it was early days with everything open for discussion.

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10:30am Mon 10 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

You can see why the club members voted in favour. Taken in isolation it's a good scheme. But the last thing Baildon needs now is more houses. The Council won't deduct these dwellings from the 500 it intends to build in Baildon.
You can see why the club members voted in favour. Taken in isolation it's a good scheme. But the last thing Baildon needs now is more houses. The Council won't deduct these dwellings from the 500 it intends to build in Baildon. BaildonGuy
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5:33pm Mon 10 Mar 14

awasteoftime says...

It all sounds very expensive where is all the money going to come from or is the Golf club very wealthy unlike many others in the area who seem to struggling ! Does the golf course need improving first as that is where most golfers spend most of their time ?
It all sounds very expensive where is all the money going to come from or is the Golf club very wealthy unlike many others in the area who seem to struggling ! Does the golf course need improving first as that is where most golfers spend most of their time ? awasteoftime
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5:45pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Albion. says...

awasteoftime wrote:
It all sounds very expensive where is all the money going to come from or is the Golf club very wealthy unlike many others in the area who seem to struggling ! Does the golf course need improving first as that is where most golfers spend most of their time ?
If you actually read the report it tells you how they intend to fund it.
[quote][p][bold]awasteoftime[/bold] wrote: It all sounds very expensive where is all the money going to come from or is the Golf club very wealthy unlike many others in the area who seem to struggling ! Does the golf course need improving first as that is where most golfers spend most of their time ?[/p][/quote]If you actually read the report it tells you how they intend to fund it. Albion.
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5:51pm Mon 10 Mar 14

awasteoftime says...

you still need to build the 5 new homes and then hope that they will sell and generate the profit you will need. the starting money has to come from somewhere ?
you still need to build the 5 new homes and then hope that they will sell and generate the profit you will need. the starting money has to come from somewhere ? awasteoftime
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10:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

What an awful artists impression, have they ever been in a quality Golf Clubhouse?
What an awful artists impression, have they ever been in a quality Golf Clubhouse? alive and awake
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6:25am Tue 11 Mar 14

Albion. says...

awasteoftime wrote:
you still need to build the 5 new homes and then hope that they will sell and generate the profit you will need. the starting money has to come from somewhere ?
That's nonsense! You actually sell everything to a developer, there's no risk.
[quote][p][bold]awasteoftime[/bold] wrote: you still need to build the 5 new homes and then hope that they will sell and generate the profit you will need. the starting money has to come from somewhere ?[/p][/quote]That's nonsense! You actually sell everything to a developer, there's no risk. Albion.
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6:48am Tue 11 Mar 14

Angryneighbour says...

Why don't they sell the house they already own on the plot get the golfers to do some fundraising and revamp the original club house, instead of trying to destroy a lovely cul de sac "Brantcliffe Way" surely this makes more sense!!
Why don't they sell the house they already own on the plot get the golfers to do some fundraising and revamp the original club house, instead of trying to destroy a lovely cul de sac "Brantcliffe Way" surely this makes more sense!! Angryneighbour
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8:35am Tue 11 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

Angryneighbour wrote:
Why don't they sell the house they already own on the plot get the golfers to do some fundraising and revamp the original club house, instead of trying to destroy a lovely cul de sac "Brantcliffe Way" surely this makes more sense!!
I agree.
With this Club so vulnerable to the threat of foot and mouth, I would tread wary regarding any major investment.
[quote][p][bold]Angryneighbour[/bold] wrote: Why don't they sell the house they already own on the plot get the golfers to do some fundraising and revamp the original club house, instead of trying to destroy a lovely cul de sac "Brantcliffe Way" surely this makes more sense!![/p][/quote]I agree. With this Club so vulnerable to the threat of foot and mouth, I would tread wary regarding any major investment. alive and awake
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