Brentwood Council in “advanced discussions” to resolve golf club row

Plans have been submitted for a power substation to serve a proposed new public pavilion in Brentwood – despite no agreement yet being reached with the current tenants.

The proposed substation is necessary to meet the operational requirements of the new leisure hub and to ensure the effective delivery of the project.

Brentwood Borough Council wants to invest more than £7 million in a major revamp of King George’s Playing Fields in Warley – including a new pavilion building, splash pad and a new outdoor adventure play area.

However Hartswood Golf Club, which has exclusive use of a clubhouse due to be demolished as part of the plans, claims no effort has been made to mitigate the loss of that facility, which still has 12 years to run on a 60-year lease.

According to the golf club, the council is not able to demolish the existing structure until there is an agreement – which has not been reached in the two-and-a-half years since the golf club was informed of the plans.

The club, which has about 80 members, has exclusive use of a large club room, bar and kitchen, including separate lockers and showers for men and women.

The latest plans provide four changing rooms for footballers and golfers and a club room that is a third of the size of what the club has at the moment – separated from a larger area with a sliding partition door.

The club is unable to stop the construction of the new building but given that part of the plans is that the pavilion comes down first, gives the club the whip hand over any future agreement.

The council says it remains confident there will be an agreement but has not revealed any concessions it is willing to make.

A spokesman for the council said: “Brentwood Borough Council and the golf course are in advanced discussions regarding the new pavilion at King George’s Playing Fields and remain confident that a satisfactory conclusion is imminent.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter