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Development
of
Lyme Regis Golf Club
Member's
Practice Area

"AONBs were designated to conserve and enhance their landscapes"
"Beyond the picturesque", The Countryside Agency

The Current Situation


2007 Retrospective Application

A Retrospective Planning Application, was made to regularise the construction of driving bays installed in the spring this year.

Planning application No. 1/D/07/001605

"Construct hardstanding and erect fence panels for driving range"

LYME REGIS GOLF CLUB, TIMBER HILL, LYME REGIS, DT7 3HQ

Application Approved

For comments and recent history please go to golf news page.

For full details of application go to planning website

2006 Application and subsequent Appeal

A third Planning Application, for a Driving Range was
Registered on 22th February 2006.

Planning application No. 1/W/06/000161

''Erect single storey timber clad golf driving range, small office, and store, and extend car park (Full)'

LYME REGIS GOLF CLUB, TIMBER HILL, LYME REGIS, DT7 3HQ

Application main details: Building of 19 metres (62ft 4in.) long, maximum depth of 9.5 metres (31ft) and over 4.7 metres (15ft 6in) high (these dimensions are apprx. as no details are given on the plans. They are taken from the previous application).
Positioned in the south east top corner of the field.
"Existing parking area, extended to provide maximum twelve parking spaces"!

For full details of application go toWDDC's website

Application Refused

Appeal lodged on 6th November 2006

View golf club's grounds of appeal

Appeal Rejected on 24th April 2007


The Field and its History

In case you have difficulty placing the Lyme Regis Golf Club's members practice area it is on the field north of and adjacent to Strawberry Field. The above picture illustrates the openness of the site viewed from across the Harcombe Valley. A view from the "driver's" seat further illustrates its openness.

The recently adopted, by East Devon District Council, Uplyme Parish Plan had some cautionary advice concerning the valley.

Planning approval was granted on 17th February 1993 to change the use of the field from one of agricultural use to a Golf Club Practice area. This use of the field, as expected, has maintained the general peace and tranquility of the valley.This is the very kind of sporting activity that the provision as outlined in National Planning Policy Guidance (PPG7) is set out to allow in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The installation of a commercial driving range, for it would be open to members of the public, is an entirely different kettle of fish.

The Proposals

It should be borne in mind, that as with the aborted Strawberry Field proposals, development on this site should not be permitted for the same reasons that applied to that field. Basically they are that the site is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and outside the Defined Development Boundary as set out in the Local Plan, both the current one and that under review.

We warned that if the Strawberry Field development went ahead there was the distinct probability that further applications would be forthcoming to develop this area. The pressure to do so is obviously so great that even though the Strawberry Field application was given the thumbs down by the planning officers, and in no uncertain a manner, the applications are beginning to appear.

Any development on the field will be highly visible from across the valley and we will again be making strong objections. Many of the same arguments are as equally valid for these proposals.

Driving Range

2004 Application

An article in the Lyme Regis News 24th October 2003 made public a rumour that had been circulating for some time, that the Lyme Regis Golf Club would like to build an 'enclosed' driving range on their member's practice area.

After a number of false starts a planning application - the original - was registered as application number 1/W/2004/893. Full details of this application are still available at the planning website.

Permission for the application was refused under delegated powers on 24th September. See 1st October article and those following on News Page for details.

2005 Application

An application, number 1/W/05/000854 'Erect timber golf driving range building and extend car park (Full)', then followed a year later in which the building was reduced in size by three bays and some screening of the building and car park was attempted. Full details of the application can also be viewed on the WDDC's website.

This application was duly refused and the golf club threatened to appeal, see Practice Area News for report.

2006 Application

This application was basically the same as the 2005 one but with the building being sunk into the ground by 900mm. Details in the box at top of page where you can follow links for additional information on the application, its refusal and the unsuccessful appeal.

Tetra Mast

mm02 erected a TETRA mast on the practice field (7th October 2004) without planning permission. The company maintained that it was installed under Emergency Powers and therefore planning permission was not required.

It replaced a temporary mast, also originally installed without planning permission, on the golf course near the 18th tee. The club offered a site to mm02 on a permanent basis. But mm02 eventually chose a shared mast at Trinity Hill. Therefore a TETRA mast presence on this field now seems to have been resolved.


Current information on these threats as well as their history is available on the Practice Area News page


Practice Area News

Points of Objection
Driving Range

How to Make an Objection
Driving Range

Tetra Mast

Strawberry Field Home Page


Click picture to see Bridport Driving Range


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