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JCB golf course plan is all set to go ahead

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

By Richard Castle

  • GENTLEMAN'S CLUB . . . JCB CEO Graham Macdonald in front of Woodseat Hall

  • GENTLEMAN'S CLUB . . . JCB CEO Graham Macdonald in front of Woodseat Hall

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JCB has been given the go-ahead to start work on its state-of-the-art golf course.

East Staffordshire Borough Council's planning committee unanimously gave the green light to the plan at a meeting on Monday.

Now landscaping work could begin as early as Autumn and JCB is aiming for the first players to tee off in 2018.

It is thought the 240-acre, 18-hole course will employ 100 people in ground care and hospitality roles.

Permission was given despite an objection from a neighbouring homeowner fearing work on the course would damage his underground septic tank and that ancient woodland would have to be destroyed.

After receiving the vote, planning chairman Martin Blencowe said: "This is going to be of tremendous benefit for the community.

"There are one or two issues which need to be ironed out and no doubt there will be some changes of direction along the way, but you can't make an omelette without cracking eggs."

Mervyn Shepherd, who has lived on land neighbouring the site for 12 years, has a septic tank and pipeline running beneath part of the course.

Addressing yesterday's meeting, he said: "It's a brick built septic tank which, under JCB's plans, will be under the fairway on hole 11.

"The tank is under the rough and some of the pipes run under the fairway.

"I own the tank and need to access and maintain the system. The tank had to be put there as it was the only possible location topologically.

"The JCB estate has historically recognised that situation by not cultivating the land housing the system.

"The soak-away goes to the topsoil and needs a large area for dispersion.

"My other concern is the noise nuisance.

"The course will operate throughout the year, around the clock, and maintenance of the greens and fairways will be done by machines operating in the early hours.

"Parts of the course are only 30 metres from my front door."

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