Browston Hall Holiday Lodge Golf Course Meeting

17:52 December 10, 2021

An attempt to redevelop a golf and recreation course in a Norfolk village by installing 82 holiday lodges has drawn criticism from concerned residents.

The Browston Hall project in Browston, near Great Yarmouth, to abandon its golf course and develop holiday accommodation and a spa was the subject of a presentation by town planning consultancy Lanpro Services, acting on behalf of venue owner Mark Shaw.

One of the presentation slides on the proposed changes to Browston Hall presented at the meeting
– Credit: Anthony Carroll

More than 30 people attended the meeting at the New Road Sports and Leisure Center in neighboring Belton on Friday.

People gathered in the sports center for the Browston Hall reunion

People gathered in the sports center for the Browston Hall reunion
– Credit: Anthony Carroll

The meeting learned that the hall, which houses a bar and restaurant, hotel rooms, tennis courts, a boules pitch and a wedding chapel, is closed outside its golf course and was not not financially viable.

Plans to replace the driving range with 82 vacation lodges and a spa have raised concerns about traffic to and from the lobby with a single access lane, with a nearby road already described as a “racetrack sometimes”.

One resident said: “Having only one access point is dangerous, that’s my concern.

If approved by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the hall would reopen with its existing outdoor tennis courts and bowling green and the same indoor facilities.

Ken Botwright, chairman of the Belton and Browston Parish Council, asked if the hall was really not financially viable and said the reason for the offer should be “crossed out” from the planning request.

This position has been taken up by other residents.

A presentation of the plans for Browston Hall was shown

A presentation of the plans for Browston Hall was shown
– Credit: Anthony Carroll

Ben Burgess, speaking for Lanpro Services, said: “There is no dishonesty here.”

The appearance of the vacation lodges has also been criticized, with one resident saying, “It’s like trailer sites from the 1960s. It’s a bit dated.”

The meeting heard that a consultation saw 12 responses sent, two of which “explicitly” supported the offer.

Browston Room

Browston Room
– Credit: Savills

Concerns raised in the responses included opening the site to the public, loss of golf facilities, green space and road capacity.

The meeting learned that the hall would be open to the public, that no trees would be lost, and those driving to the venue would be advised to avoid Cherry Lane and Hobland Road.

Plans to have touring caravans on the site have now been scrapped.

It is hoped that the planning request will be submitted to the borough council at the beginning of next year.

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