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We recently completed applications to the Environment Agency for approval of Waste Recovery Plans on behalf of two golf clubs, working alongside environment consultancy Kalex Ltd. The applications were lodged on behalf of Moor Park Golf Club and West Essex Golf Club. In both cases, the clubs had plans for the improvement and extension of their practice facilities. Both applications were approved.

Slinfold Golf Club


We were retained by the owners of Slinfold Park, a successful golf and spa resort to assist Indigo Planning to prepare an application for planning permission for extensions to the existing golf clubhouse to provide additional treatment rooms, function space and a 70-bed golf lodge. Our remit was to demonstrate the business case for the proposed development which was complemented by the erection of a new golf academy building with additional driving range and training bays. Planning permission was granted in early 2016.

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Northstowe is a planned new town of 10,000 homes on land to the north of Cambridge. We first became involved with developers Gallagher in 2004 working alongside Jonathan Dickins Consulting to help demonstrate that planning objections to development on an existing golf course could be overcome on grounds that the course was surplus to local needs. That led to a second phase of work to prepare a Sports Recreation and Play strategy for the proposed new town, which was submitted as part of a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council. The application was never determined, partly because of the economic downturn in 2008.

Ownership of part of the development site subsequently changed and the construction programme was split into 3 phases. Gallagher own the northern part of the site and are developing phase 1 of the new town. Phase 2 is owned by the Homes and Communities Agency. We have prepared separate Sports Strategies, one for each phase of the development, on behalf of the two owners; both strategies have been submitted and approved by the planning authority. Play strategies for each phase will be prepared at a future date.

John Ashworth is one of the three man Executive of the Golf Consultants Association, comprising 20 leading consultants and business advisors working within the golf industry in the UK and overseas. You can find the April 2012 Newsletter of the Association here. Read the rest of this entry »


In a recent interview John Ashworth outlined some key areas that Golf Clubs need to consider in order to maximise every potential source of income in the present economic climate.

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