Old Thorns golf proposal lands in the rough

A PLANNING application to create a second 18-hole golf course has led to a number of disgruntled residents speaking out.

The Old Thorns Golf Club have submitted the application, proposing the land on Weaver’s Down common be developed into a second golf course.

Milland Parish Council’s planning committee held an open meeting which attracted more than 30 people, who saw presentations by architect Roger Hill and had discussions with representatives from the golf club.

Jackie Woodhams, chairman of Milland parish council’s planning committee said: “I would say there were probably more people there who opposed the proposal than supported it, but it was a very civilised meeting with lots of discussion.”

The proposals have led to a number of residents submitting objection letters to the South Downs National Park Authority’s online planning portal.

“Giving the go-ahead to this golf course would make a mockery of creating the South Downs National Park in the first place. If including this lovely stretch of countryside within the national park boundary is not enough to stop yet another golf course popping up on our doorstep, then what next? Ikea on Buster Hill? A multiplex cinema and restaurant complex on Harting Down?” said Mrs O’Hegarty, from Langley Liss.

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