Successful drive for golf clubhouse

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A LONG-awaited golf clubhouse and function facility will be built in Seaford after the scheme was backed last week.

Plans to update Seaford Head Golf Course have been in the pipeline for many years but planners had to go back to the drawing board after a design was criticised by residents.

A consultation on the most recent design won over much of the community after residents were invited to the current clubhouse at the golf course, which is owned by Seaford Town Council.

Arguments had been put forward that the clubhouse, believed to be more than 40-years-old, was desperately in need of updating and a new build, along with a function area, would help bring business into the town.

In March last year an application was turned down by Lewes District Council but last Thursday South Downs National Park Authority planners found in favour of the latest proposals, subject to conditions.

Under new guidelines the authority must give the go ahead to any proposals within the South Downs National Park.

Hours after the meeting a jubilant Ian White, leader of Seaford Town Council, announced the good news at a meeting of the council. He said, “I’m pleased to report we were successful in our bid and we had unanimous support from the planning committee.”

The new design is a part single and part two-storey building cut into the slope of the site.

The hospitality facilities include a club bar, and a dining area/function space. These have been reduced in the latest plans and the main function space now faces directly away from the houses, following concerns about noise.

Don Mabey, president of the golf club, added, “It’s something that has been needed for many, many years.

“I think it will be extremely good for the council who own the course and should mean an increase in revenue in green fees.

“I’m in my 15th year as president and as president it will give me something to be proud of to welcome visitors to a much nicer place.”

The application received 58 letters of support and six objections.