Approval given to Golf Centre planning application

The proposed new Golf Centre extension.

The proposed new Golf Centre extension.

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At a meeting of the Development Standards Committee today (November 3) the application was approved for the Extension to the Golf Centre at Carnoustie Golf Course, Links Parade.

The application had been recommended for conditional approval prior to the meeting in a report by Head of Planning and Place stating that it complied with the development plan.

The report, which could be viewed on the Angus Council website, said, in part: “Reason(s) for Approval: The proposed development complies with relevant policies of the development plan as the design and scale of the extension is acceptable for the location and the development will bring economic and tourism benefits to Angus as it will further assist in securing Carnoustie as a venue for major golf tournaments as well as improving the range and quality of facilities for tourists and local residents by providing improved facilities for the adjacent golf courses.

There are no material considerations that justify refusal of the planning application contrary to the provisions of the development plan.”

In an immediate reaction Pat Sawers, Carnoustie Golf Links Chairman, told the Gazette: “The Trustees of Carnoustie Golf Links are delighted that Angus Council have granted planning permission for the extension to the existing Golf Centre. This project will deliver an exciting and modern facility to be enjoyed by all golfers who play over the Carnoustie courses.

“It will help to secure further Open Championships for Carnoustie beyond 2018, and to provide visiting golfers with the same level of service they receive at other comparable venues in Scotland. As the Golf Centre is, and will remain, a public building, it will become an asset for the town, and all the citizens of Carnoustie, who will be very welcome to make use of the facilities on offer.

“This planning decision is a major step forward for the future of golf in Carnoustie and will be to the benefit of the whole community. As with all substantial building projects of this type, much now needs to be done and the Trustees will be actively engaged in making this project a reality.”

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