Plans for an exclusive golf course and luxury 40 to 48-bedroom hotel at the Cherkley Court estate near Leatherhead, Surrey have been given the final go-ahead. Now only a ‘judicial review’ can delay the start of construction, due to commence early in 2013,
The course design is the result of a collaboration between David McLay Kidd and Tom Watson, both of whom are making sure that the construction will have as little impact as possible on the landscape.
A spokesman for the developer, Longshot, told GBN.com that a great deal of time, care and indeed investment is being made to ensure the design will promote both flora and fauna.
Longshot chief executive Joel Cadbury said: “The announcement that we have been granted planning permission represents a huge step forward on our journey. I would like to thank everyone for the tremendous levels of local support that we have received.”
The permission is dependent on almost 60 conditions, including a requirement for Longshot to provide a £240,000 bond to reinstate the golf course to meadowland should the development fail within five years.
The proposals were fiercely opposed by some local residents and conservation groups and the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s (CPRE) Surrey branch has vowed to keep fighting.
It is understood that the club will be called ‘Beaverbrook Golf Club’. There is an expectation that over 200 new jobs will be created.