Redevelopment at English club


Redevelopment at English club
Sean Dudley

Churston Golf Club in Devon is set to be transformed with by a new clubhouse and coaching facility under plans lodged with the local council.

Planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has submitted the plans on behalf of Bloor Homes which together with the club is undertaking a redevelopment of the site near Torbay.

Under the scheme, which includes a redesign of the golf course by the Hawtree firm, the new clubhouse will be accompanied by the construction of 90 family homes and 42 bed care home. It is relatively unusual to win permission to build residential property on land previously zoned for golf in the UK.

The 1,270 sq m two storey clubhouse will include a members’ bar and lounge, dining room and terraces with views over the eighteenth green as well as a pro shop and office facilities.

Barton Willmore and Bloor secured permission for the demolition and redevelopment of the existing clubhouse site in June. Architect Gareth Howell said: “This is a great opportunity to bring Churston’s 125 year old club into the twenty-first century and compete with others in the region. “Leisure and tourism are fundamental to the area’s economy so by upgrading the facilities and diversifying the land use on the site we’re ensuring the club’s long-term viability.”