New golf range for Topsham Gap

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 October 2015

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Campaigners, who are trying to save the Topsham Gap from over-development, have hailed plans to create a golf driving range as a ‘better alternative’ to more housing.

Earlier this year, outline planning approval was granted to Heritage Homes for 22 homes and six flats on land near Exeter Road.

The site is one of the areas of green space that residents in Topsham fear might be swallowed up by housing.

Now ownership of a six-acre site on the opposite side of the road will be transferred to Exeter Golf and Country Club to build a new practice ground.

Jack Russell, who has been campaigning to save the green wedge between Topsham and Exeter, said: “At least it’s recreation and people can be out doing something. At least it’s more about health and less about ruining the countryside.”

David Lovell, development director for Heritage Homes, said: “We hope that the relocation of the practice ground to the Exeter Road site will be welcomed by Topsham residents who are keen to preserve green space between Topsham and the city for sport and leisure activities.”

The golf club’s six-acre practice facility will move to Topsham and will include a formal driving range, a reception, storage and car parking.

The agreement also paves the way for Heritage Homes to extend its Holland Park development at Old Rydon Lane into the golf club’s current practice facility at Newcourt, subject to planning approval.

David Lovell said: “Subject to us being able to achieve all of the necessary planning consents, we look forward to building more of our homes and encouraging some of our new homeowners to become golfers and enjoy the neighbouring club grounds and facilities.”

Will Gannon, chairman of the Exeter Golf and Country Club, said: “We are pleased to announce an agreement with Heritage Homes that will see the club acquire a new land asset at Exeter Road which will, in due course, become our new golf practice ground.

“We intend to provide our golf members with a purpose-built driving range, close to the club and with improved access, parking and facilities.”

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