SEAFORD: New golf clubhouse plans to be revised

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new golf clubhouse and function room in Seaford are being sent back to the drawing board following dozens of objections by residents.

Seaford Town Council (STC), which owns Seaford Head Golf Course, has asked the builder and architect to address concerns raised by the community.

The application, which included demolishing the current clubhouse and replacing it with a two-storey building, was due to be discussed by Lewes District Council’s planning applications committee in March.

Homeowners living near the venue in Southdown Road branded the design ‘ugly’, said it was too big and that they were not properly consulted.

Seaford Town Council has argued a more up-to-date facility is needed at the premises but more than 70 letters were sent to Lewes District Council objecting to the plans. STC will now submit revised plans to the district council in the next few months.

Seaford town council leader Jon Freeman said, “We recently met with our professional builders and architects, taking into account the objections, and asked them to look into these issues with the objections in mind.

“The planning application has been deferred until they have had the opportunity to further consider the sort of issues raised.”

He added the revised plans would go on public display, the new clubhouse would be better insulated and that noise levels could be monitored.

He also said the golf club made a profit and that tax payers’ money would not be used to finance it, instead funding for the development would come from the Public Works Loans Board, a statutory body which lends money to local authorities.

Despite controversy over the application one Seafordian welcomed the idea of a new clubhouse and said there was little to dispute at the public display and a number of energy-saving features were included in the plans at the exhibition.