CG rendering of the redeveloped Bedlingtonshire Golf Club.
Jane Imrie

Multi-million pound golf club transformation set to create over 50 jobs

Plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment project at a Northumberland golf club have been submitted for approval.

Bedlingtonshire Golf Club has submitted a proposal for the redevelopment of its facilities, with the support of North East firm Hedley Planning Services.

Plans for the Bedlington-based site include the construction of a new 24-bay all weather driving range, a new community function suite and a ‘Centre for Excellence’ comprising a cafe, events suite and training room.

It is anticipated that over 50 construction jobs could be created on the back of the scheme, as well as eight full-time equivalent jobs at the club itself.

Kevin Beaney, chairman of Bedlingtonshire Golf Club, commented: “This exciting proposal relocates the driving range and will significantly improve the facilities available for both members of the club and the wider community, through the provision of a community function suite.

“The range will create a state-of-the-art facility and will further develop our thriving junior development programme.

“The club has been developing these proposals for almost two years and will ensure our long-term sustainability of the club, which is an important recreational facility for Bedlington.”

The scheme will be funded by the redevelopment of the club’s existing outdoor driving range at Acorn Bank, in a move that could create up to 47 new residential properties.

Joe Ridgeon, director at North East based Hedley Planning Services, added: “The housing development will enable the club, which is in a great location, to transform itself into one of the most exciting golf and driving range centres in the region.

“The new homes will also provide a welcome addition at a time of a national housing shortage.”

“As planners we want to see the construction of high-quality community projects, which will secure a long-lasting legacy for local residents. This development will undoubtedly contribute positively to both the golf club’s future ambitions and this important Northumberland town.”

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