Green light for golf club’s homes and hotel plan

Mike Smith, Bob Bousfield and David Dowson after the decision was made at the planning meeting
Mike Smith, Bob Bousfield and David Dowson after the decision was made at the planning meeting

Bridlington Golf Club’s future is looking brighter after it was given planning permission for a new hotel and housing development on the Belvedere course.

Councillors had been advised to turn down the scheme, but they went against the recommendation, which will see up to 22 homes built on the seafront.

A previous report has suggested the club’s long-term future could be in jeopardy if the project was turned down, because it needed to find new ways to generate income.

The club was asked to send more information to councillors about the plans, but this was still not enough to convince planning officers.

However, councillors over-ruled their recommendation and gave approval for the scheme, which will see a 24-bed hotel and state-of-the art facilities on the site.

Chairman of the golf club, Mike Smith, was at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Eastern Area Planning Committee meeting in Beverley on Monday.

He said: “This is a great day for our club.

“We still have a few hurdles to clear but the decision by the planning committee is a huge step forward.

“We see Bridlington Golf Club as a major sporting asset and we are looking forward to developing it into a 21st century facility that will not only benefit golfers but bring huge economic benefits to the town.”

In its application, the club highlighted the benefit of its Golf Coast Passport Scheme, which has generated an estimated £10 million for the local economy since 2009.

It suggested that the extra facilities could create more than 10 new jobs, but the whole project hinged on permission being given to move one of the holes, which lies on the seafront.

That land would be sold off for the new houses, which would found the hotel and training centre.

Mr Smith added: “I would like to thank every single member of our team who made today’s decision possible.

“In particular David Dowson, our club accountant, and Bob Bousfield from the Ashcourt Group.

“We can now look forward to helping Bridlington further develop its economy by providing a facility which will attract people from far and wide.”