Clubhouse plans to go on display at Seaford Head Golf Club

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to create a new clubhouse at Seaford Head Golf Club will go on public display on Wednesday February 29.

At a special council meeting last week (February 9) the go-ahead was given for thousands of pounds to be spent on paying a company to design plans for a new facility at the golf club.

Previous proposals submitted by golf course owner Seaford Town Council, were rejected by Lewes District Council following a barrage of local objections.

Amongst the complaints from residents were that the two storey building was ugly and would stick out in the South Downs National Park. They also raised concerns about the potential noise generated by functions which would be held at the enlarged venue.

The committee explained that the tax payer would not be footing the bill for any new build.

Town clerk Sam Shippen adding: “The repayment is expected to be made from a combination from increased usage of the golf course as well as use of golf club house facility.

“The biggest provision of function space (in the town) is the Constitutional Club and they have been willing to work with us.

“They are turning away business so we think there’s an outlet for that kind of thing in the town.”

Sam Shippen said the new clubhouse would be part two storey and will be constructed within the existing footprint of the originaly clubhouse.

She explained they had been working with planners since last May to enable the new design to overcome previous objections.

The plans will have to be approved both by the planning committee of Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park authority.

Councillors agreed that Cheesmur should be contracted at a cost of £24,750 to undertake the design and reports.

A public consultation on the plans will be held at the clubhouse on Wednesday, February 29 from 4pm until 8pm. The plans will be left on display until Sunday, March 11 for the community to view and make written comments.

The contractors, architect and some councillors will be on hand to speak to the public.

Last year the plan was turned down by a narrow majority at a planning meeting.

The district council rejected the scheme by four votes to three, with one abstention.

In total the council received 91 letters, sent individually, arguing against the plans, and 133 letters in support, of which only four sent individually.