Club to be converted into a primary school
Hele Park Golf Centre in Devon is set to be converted into a new primary school, 750 homes, a community centre, a shop and other sports facilities.
The nine-hole golf club entered a financial agreement with Commercial Estates Group (CEG), an asset management firm, earlier this year. CEG has since promoted the golf course as a potential site for development and the club has announced it will dissolve in its current format from March 2012, but golf will continue to be played thereafter on a pay-as-you-play basis for the ‘foreseeable future’.
CEG has unveiled its multi-million-pound plan and an outline planning application is expected to be lodged with Teignbridge Council next month. Work is not likely to start until at least 2013, however.
The golf club was established by brothers Nigel and Nicholas Stanbury, whose family have farmed the land for four generations.
Nigel and his wife Wendy run the golf business and Nicholas remains a partner.
Mrs Stanbury wrote to members earlier this year outlining their decision to sell, saying the golfing business has suffered a ‘severe downturn’ and selling it as a going concern was ‘not an option’.
The club’s website has the message: ‘Hele Park Golf Centre is not closing. The club is changing but the golf centre is not. The golf centre remains open for the foreseeable future and we look forward to you all continuing to play on the golf course and driving range’ on its homepage.