DC Casebook: Leisure and Tourism - Golf shelter offends green belt openness

A golf club in the Buckinghamshire green belt has been refused permission for a shelter to cover driving range bays despite pleas that it is needed to make the operation more profitable.

The shelter would be built of brick and stained weatherboarding with a mono-pitched roof. The club stated that it would enable the range to be used in all weathers, helping to redress a recent drop in income. It drew attention to other driving ranges with covered bays and claimed that the scheme would help people remain active all year.

The inspector decided that the shelter was not essential for playing golf and was therefore inappropriate. He concluded that it would impact on the area's openness. In his view, the claimed benefits were not supported by detailed information and could be given only limited weight. Since little information on the history of other sites was provided, he could give this argument little weight.

DCS Number 100-069-519

Inspector Colin Blundell; Written representations

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