Plans for up to 35 lodges at Leeds Golf Center in West Yorkshire are due for public review this week.
The Parklane Foundation, the charitable arm of the Parklane Group, which runs Leeds Golf Centre, has applied for planning permission to build the accommodation alongside a series of other developments on the Shadwell site, which also include an extension of the clubhouse and improvements to its two golf courses.
Most of the 35 single-storey ecolodges would be located around a new purpose-built lake and plans have been amended following feedback during the initial planning application process that began in 2018. project has a budget of around £21 million.
If approved, the Parklane Foundation says around 150 construction jobs would be created, along with 72 positions at the new, expanded facility, which could potentially add around £3million to the local economy.
The Parklane Foundation champions the social benefits of the program and has offered access to the new facilities to inner-city schools as part of wider plans for the project.
Hanif Malik, Director of the Parklane Foundation, said: “We want to create a place where everyone feels welcome, regardless of background or ability, and develop a love of golf while positively benefiting the local economy. . The mix of new facilities and eco-lodges means the center can generate more income, be self-sufficient and which in turn supports the work of the charity.
“As set out in the application, the challenges of the pandemic have put a strain on the finances of the wider Parklane Group. The Foundation relies on excess income from the wider group to be able to support and make up for losses incurred by the golf club, so Leeds Golf Center is to become financially viable through this exciting development.
Naveen Ahmed, Managing Director of The Parklane Group, added: “Our revised plans are more sympathetic and in line with the natural surroundings and we have reduced the size of the clubhouse, among other changes, after listening to feedback from local residents. and stakeholders. These changes take nothing away from what could be an incredible addition to Leeds in terms of sport, leisure tourism and wholesome outdoor pursuits. We are passionate about Leeds and keen to see investment in projects that we believe will make a difference – and we believe they will.
The plans for Leeds Golf Center have not received universal support, however, with a report released by Leeds City Council officers recommending that they be rejected on the grounds that they ‘would constitute an unsuitable development in the green belt’ , while the size of the development “would not respect the character of the landscape”.
The report concluded that “although the proposal has significant benefits in terms of economy, tourism and community participation, it is considered that no particular circumstances have been brought to light which are considered sufficient to offset the significant damage to the green belt”.
Speaking of opposition to the development, a Leeds Golf Center spokesperson said: “It is important to note that we have received a lot of support for our plans. And we also appreciate that others have different points of view, which is great for open debate and rightly so – it was this feedback that led us to make significant changes to the planning app. of origin. And, in this case, we did everything we could to make sure what we were doing was fair and appropriate.
The plans are to be reviewed at a public meeting scheduled for May 12.