CASEBOOK: Appeal Cases; Community facilities - Golf course extension judged to harm parkland

A proposal to extend a golf course onto farmland associated with a school occupying a listed building in the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty and a conservation area has been rejected on countryside protection grounds.

The inspector opined that the existing golf course did not look like parkland but gave the impression of a carefully manicured, high-maintenance artificial landscape. He concluded that the proposal would neither conserve nor enhance the natural beauty of the area nor its distinctive historical associations and would materially harm the character of historic parkland.

However, the inspector allowed a play area extension at the school, holding that it would not involve a significant loss of parkland. The proposed play area lay within a small and poorly maintained slice of agricultural land separated from the main house and gardens. He considered that the proposal would have no material effect on the character or appearance of the area's natural beauty or the conservation area and would not affect the listed buildings and their setting.

DCS No: 32465202; Inspector: Andrew Freeman; Written representations.

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