3.01pm 6th December 2019 – Courses – This story was updated on Friday, December 6th, 2019
Houghton on the Hill could see a new 18-hole golf course, with plans now submitted to Harborough District Council in Leicestershire.
Parker Strategic Land are working with Scraptoft Golf Club to create a new 18-hole golf course near Houghton on the Hill. The application has been submitted jointly by landowners Parker Strategic Land and Scraptoft Golf Club.
The new course is designed by an ex-Ryder Cup player and will provide a new home for Scraptoft Golf Club. The owners and the club have worked in partnership, alongside the Council and local stakeholders to develop the plans, which include a new club house, 9-hole Academy Course and driving range to encourage new players to take up the game, and existing players to grow and develop.
Scraptoft Golf Club’s existing site at Scraptoft on the edge of Leicester is allocated for new homes and infrastructure in the recently adopted Harborough Local Plan and is subject to a planning application submitted last month.
Colin Griffiths Chairman of Scraptoft Golf Club said: “At Scraptoft Golf Club we are really excited by the prospect of creating an entirely new high-quality course and academy facility. The new course has been designed by renowned Golf Course designer Ken Moodie with the assistance of ex-Ryder Cup player and TV commentator Ken Brown (pictured above). The new course will certainly be challenging but one we are sure will provide enjoyment to all our members. The proposals have taken over two years to create and we hope attract new members to this beautiful location each side of the River Sence.”
Adrian Lott, Managing Director of Parker Strategic Land said: “I am delighted that plans for the new golf club have now been submitted and we have been able to help relocate the Scraptoft Golf Club to this fantastic new site near Houghton on the Hill. The relocation enables much needed new homes, infrastructure and community facilities to be delivered on the existing site and other land alongside, but also allows Scraptoft Golf Club to be financially secure for the future. The two proposals can now be considered together by the district council.”
The application will now be considered by Harborough District Council with a decision expected on the application next summer. To view the submitted application, visit https://www.harborough.gov.uk/view-and-comment-on-planning-applications reference number 19/01850/OUT.
Scraptoft Golf Club was founded by four men, A V Johnson, Captain R J Green TD, A J Gisborne and C Huntley. A limited company was formed on 4th July 1927 and named “The Scraptoft Golf Club Limited.”
At first it was the intention to open a 9-hole course but such was the response for membership that extra land was acquired and the full 18 holes were prepared early in the following year. They are currently based at their existing club close to the village of Scraptoft on the edge of Leicester
Parker’s of Leicester first started out in business in over 100 years ago when founder Billy Parker opened his first butcher’s shop, W&J Parker, in Leicester. The family then moved into farming and farms over 12,000 acres in Leicestershire and other counties.
Parker’s historically sold land to housebuilders, but in 2016, Parker Strategic Land was formed to help shape the direction of future developments and meet the needs of local communities by creating quality schemes.
The family company has a track record in bringing forward developments across Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Essex. Parker Strategic Land work as a master developer, in partnership with local stakeholders to create quality schemes.
Scraptoft Golf Club https://www.scraptoftgolfclub.co.uk/