Contrary to recent reports, developers of the proposed Pete Dye golf course at the Bury Farm site, north of London, have reaffirmed that they are still committed to the project and have not pulled the plug.
A report from This is Local London suggested plans for the course had been withdrawn.
However speaking exclusively to GCA, Ceri Menai Davis, the son of the course’s developer Tony Menai Davis, explained the series of events that have unfolded.
“On 16th January, Bridgedown Ltd (the holding company for the development, owned by Tony Menai Davis) withdrew its planning application to the London Borough of Barnet for an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse in order to prepare further information asked for by the Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA),” said Davis.
“Following requests from the Council and in response to the constructive correspondence received from the GLA (letter to Barnet dated 20th November 2013), Bridgedown’s team will be preparing a number of computer-generated images. These will be from publicly accessible viewpoints and from the proposed permissive bridleway, the locations of which have been agreed with the Council, and will illustrate how the proposed golf course, clubhouse and car park will look where these would be appear in these views.
“When these images have been prepared they will be submitted to the Council with a re-submitted application. In addition, Bridgedown will also be submitting further information, including, in respect of ecology (an ecological mitigation strategy), an energy statement and a construction management plan.”
The plans have faced opposition from local residents, but Davis says that the developers are as committed as ever to making the Bury Farm course a reality. If successful, the course would be the first Dye course in the UK, with Pete’s son Perry set to lead the project.
“We are in a good place with the application and we are very confident that we will get the permission required,” said Davis. “The GLA have been very helpful and they support the scheme, we have to submit a few extra things and the timescale was running out for the council to hear the application so we withdrew to get the work done and then we will resubmit.”
Davis concluded: “We have not pulled the plug. The Dye course is still top of our agenda and we are very happy with how the application is proceeding.”