Jack Barker loses landfill hearing2nd November, 2012 by Tania Longmire
A struggling company that operates golf clubs has been told it cannot dump thousands of tonnes of waste onto a course.
Jack Barker Golf Company wanted to import 80,000 tonnes of spoil onto the nine-hole, former municipal golf club, Keele Golf Centre in Staffordshire. It would have used the material to redesign the course.
The company has responded by demanding that the local council pays its costs for the planning enquiry.
The application was rejected by both Newcastle Borough Council due to safety issues and concern regarding the overdevelopment of the site and, following an appeal, last month, by a government planning inspector, who said the development would be “inappropriate”. However, Jack Barker Golf Company has accused the council of acting unreasonably and has applied for it to foot the undisclosed bill of the planning appeal.
This is not the first time that Jack Barker Golf Company has run into problems with local authorities. Newcastle Borough Council itself took legal action against the operator earlier this year over £104,000 in unpaid rent at Keele, while last year Stoke-on-Trent City Council removed it from operating Goldenhill Golf Course, also because of rent arrears. Also last year the Audit Commission criticised Basildon Borough Council for a deal it made with Jack Barker regarding the lease of Basildon Golf Club, as councillors were not officially told that the agreement included 140,000 tonnes of spoil being dumped on the course.