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CG rendering of golf bays at Wallsend Golf Centre.
Jane Imrie

Green light for £13m North Tyneside golf destination set to create 100 new jobs

Plans for a new multi-million pound golf facility in North Tyneside have been given the go-ahead.

North Tyneside Council has today granted planning consent in an unanimous vote to HG&L Newcastle Ltd for the £13m Wallsend Golf Centre development at Centurion Park.

The leisure facility will combine a full length golf range with a redesign of the golf course enabling 6, 12 and 18 hole rounds, as well as investment in comprehensive drainage and other measures including two water features and greenery.

In addition the site will feature a multi-million pound two-storey golf centre - designed by Newcastle-based Nicholson Nairn Architects and built by Robertson Construction - combining the facilities of a traditional driving range with virtual reality (VR) digital technology.

The centre will feature 54 golf bays as well as a sports bar and restaurant, golf pro-shop, golf academy, kitchens, function/meeting rooms and associated offices. The building will also provide a new clubhouse for members.

Phil Harrison, director of HG&L Newcastle Ltd, commented, “We’re obviously delighted to have Planning Consent for what we believe will be the finest leisure facility of its kind in the country.

It is anticipated that the new facility will create around 100 jobs for the local area, as well as attracting visitors from across the region.

“In addition to the new range, we have also completely redesigned the golf course in line with the latest PGA thinking to reverse the decline of traditional golf clubs by attracting new members to new forms of the game.

“Our model, combining a state-of-the-art driving range with the redesigned course, will welcome a whole new range of players. Through the Golf Academy, we are committed to developing the region’s golfers, both young and old.”

Chris Sanderson, managing director of STR Enterprises Ltd, which will manage the facility, added: “Centurion Park is the perfect site for us to launch the new concept and the end result will be an innovative and professionally designed course with a truly superb facility in the Golf Centre, providing some 100 jobs.

“It will also create a £4m per year local supply chain when fully operational, in addition to the 60 jobs created by the construction period.

“The development not only secures the long term future of golf at Centurion Park, but will also become a major visitor attraction in its own right, drawing both golfers wanting year round facilities and families and young people new to the game. Its use as a corporate hospitality and community venue brings further benefit to the area.”

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