Plans for new homes on golf club land rejected

Westhill Golf Club plans rejected.
Westhill Golf Club plans rejected.

Plans for permission to build seven new homes on land at Westhill Golf Club were rejected at a Gairoch Area Committee meeting last week.

Councillors at the meeting of the Gairoch Area Committee on Tuesday June 24 threw out proposals to build the new dwelling houses on the borders of the Golf Club’s land.

A report recommending the refusal of the application was prepared for councillors prior to the meeting. It was feared that the houses could have a detrimental impact on the landscape.

The application was made jointly by Westhill Golf Club and Claymore Homes Ltd.

The plans, had they been approved, would have raised funds for improvements to the golf course and clubhouse facilities.

Councillors also raised concerns that no affordable housing provision was included in the planning application.

Cllr. Iris Walker said: “The golf club is a great asset to Westhill and like many local groups, their volunteers struggle to improve facilities and increase capacity. The planning application for 7 houses was based on a desire to plough capital back in to the club.

“Although nobody wants to see the club struggle, the financial viability of the club is not a material planning consideration. The proposed site was outwith the settlement boundary and went against the principles of the Local Development Plan. The committee also shared some of the planners’ concerns about the impact on the skyline, overshadowing and the lack of affordable housing provision”.