16 tennis courts on golf course plan rejected
A local authority has sided with the members of an historic nine-hole golf club in a dispute with the club’s owner regarding the building of tennis courts.
Elmbridge Borough Council in Surrey rejected an application from Moore Place Holdings LLP, the owner of Moore Place Golf Club, on behalf of the trustees of Esher Lawn Tennis Club, to build 16 tennis courts and a pavilion on the golf course.
The proposal would have seen four of the golf holes – on what is only a par 33, 2,103-yard course – reconfigured and the clubhouse replaced.
However, members of the 76-year-old club expressed opposition to the development and the council has agreed with them.
Spokesman John Meade said that the proposal would have killed off his club and that the Lawn Tennis Association advises that a tennis club of Esher Lawn’s size only requires 12 courts.
“The applicant has not demonstrated robust evidence that the scale of the tennis facilities are essential and genuinely required,” he said.
“If adopted, the consequences for our golf club would, quite frankly, be terminal.”
He added that the golf club believes there is a compromise and that both clubs can be accommodated on the site.
The council’s planning officer recommended that planning permission be granted and stated that the redeveloped golf course would still meet England Golf affiliation requirements, but councillors rejected the application.
Prior to being a golf club, the Moore Place venue was once owned by Lady Byron.