Adlington Golf Centre applied for permission to repurpose part of its land into an Australian-themed adventure golf course but the plans have been labelled “inappropriate” by planning officers.
The facility, developed by Swedish adventure golf course designers City Golf Europe, would comprise 18-holes with features such as Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Ayres Rock and King George Falls, as well as a small lake and a timber shack, to be used for ticket sales.
However, the proposal looks likely to be refused by Cheshire East’s planning committee on Wednesday after the council’s planning officer recommended the scheme be refused.
The officer’s report said: “By reason of the harm to openness, the proposed development represents inappropriate development in the Green Belt. The benefits of the proposal, in terms of promoting the health and wellbeing of users and the positive impact on the local economy, are not enough to outweigh the significant harm to the Green Belt.”
Plans for the adventure golf attraction were lodged in July following the council’s acquisition of land belonging to the golf club under a compulsory purchase order.
Cheshire East bought the land as part of its plans for the £53m Poynton Relief Road project, leaving Adlington Golf Centre’s nine-hole graduate course unviable due to its reduction in size.
As a result, the golf club’s owner sought to identify a long-term, viable use of the remaining 11 acres, which it claims is too small to be used as a modified standalone golf course.
Emery Planning is the planning consultant for the project.