The proposal comprised 78 lodges, a nine-hole golf course and the extension of a clubhouse to incorporate a range of leisure facilities including a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gymnasium, games room and bar. The lodges would occupy roughly 5ha of semi-cultivated grassland adjacent to the golf course. The council argued that this would have a major impact on the landscape.
The inspector remarked that the majority of the lodges would not be visible from outside the site. They would be of high quality and the type had been accepted in areas of outstanding natural beauty and national parks, he found. In his view, the amount of land available meant that the development could be assimilated into the landscape without adversely affecting the setting of a listed building and a conservation area. The scheme would extend the range of tourist accommodation and support the local economy, he opined.
DCS Number 100-050-846
Inspector Clive Cochrane; Inquiry.