MAJOR plans to transform 120 acres of farmland near Mansfield Woodhouse into a golf course and hotel are expected to be given the go ahead.
Planning chiefs will advise councillors on Monday to approve the construction of an 18-hole course with a clubhouse, 60-bed hotel, villas and lodges reached via a new junction off the A60.
Developers Vital Property Ltd say the project, off Park Hall Road, will create 100 jobs in the building phase and more than 200 permanent posts when completed.
But the proposal has divided opinion locally, with some community leaders, residents and businesses objecting.
Mansfield Woodhouse district and county councillor Joyce Bosnjak says a petition against the plans is going around the Park Hall area.
She is concerned about extra traffic on the already busy A60 and surrounding routes, and ‘over urbanisation’ on open countryside.
“My fear is that this proposal will extend the current urban boundary – opening up a great expanse of green land for further development and increased volume of traffic,” Coun Bosnjak said.
She claims 100,000 tonnes of earth will be moved onto the site during construction, which equates to one lorry leaving the site every five minutes over a period of up to a year.
Nearby resident Graham Mendham (55), of The Fairways, said he was worried about an increase in traffic congestion.
“It is impossible turning right already,” he said. “People also use The Fairways as a cut through to miss the A60 and speed along here.”
Roland Laycock (63), of Farm Croft Road, has written a letter of objection and says the area does not need another golf course as existing clubs are already short of members.
He is also concerned about the number of lorries during the construction of the course and the threat to ancient woodland near Park Hall.
Bosses at the existing Mansfield Woodhouse Golf Club, which currently operates next to where the proposed new course will be, have written a letter of objection.
The site is largely used currently for arable farming and cattle grazing, and is bordered by the A60, Nettleworth Manor, the River Meden and the current golf course.
Access to the new course, clubhouse, hotel, crèche, fairway lodges and villas will be via a new junction from the A60.
While cars will get to the executive suites from an existing unmade access located to the north of Park Hall Road.
The company behind the proposal is local firm Vital Property Ltd, and managing director Jason Lucas said Mansfield risked being left in the ‘dark ages’ if it turned down this type of development.
Mr Lucas said he had been transparent about the plans throughout after buying the land at Park Hall around six years ago.
“It will be delivered as a comprehensive development which will be an asset to Mansfield, create employment and assist in increasing visitor numbers to the town,” he said.
“It will be the first time that Mansfield has had such a high quality ‘destination’ resort.
“The golf course itself has been designed by internationally-renowned golf course designer Jonathan Gaunt and the master plan and buildings by Jackson Design Associates.”
He says the development is not just ‘another golf course’ and is ‘different to anything else in the area’.
Mr Lucas also said he had taken on board concerns about the number of lorries visiting the site during construction and had redesigned the course to reduce the amount of imported landscaping material required.
Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton said he was excited about the plans and the development could become a ‘flagship’ for the town.
“It would bring much-needed employment and tourism opportunities to Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse,” he said.
“The hotel will provide quality accommodation and the local developers have worked very hard on their plans.”
Mansfield District Council planning officers will recommend the proposal is given outline planning permission at a meeting on Monday.
For more information on the development visit www.parkhallgolfresort.co.uk