The golf club could be transformed into a retirement village

A golf club in Surrey has submitted a planning application to be redeveloped into a retirement community comprising 200 homes and a care home.

Last year, members of the Sutton Green Golf Club, designed by former women’s world number one Dame Laura Davies, were warned it could happen when Quinn Estates approached the club with an offer.

Now Quinn Estates has submitted a draft town planning application for the redevelopment of the club at Woking Borough Council, offering a retirement community of up to 200 homes, a 66-bed care home and the return of the site’s remaining 77 acres to undeveloped public land.

Alex Williams, Development Director of Retirement Villages Group (RVG), said, “We are delighted to partner with Quinn Estates, sharing our expertise in designing and operating desirable integrated retirement communities.

“The plans submitted by Quinn Estates are only drafts. The details that will help bring the program to life will emerge later in the planning process.

“The program will allow RVG and Quinn to provide a range of benefits and amenities important to the wider community.

Sutton Green Golf Club. Image of Facebook

“As well as addressing housing needs in Woking and surrounding villages by providing more retirement living options, much needed family homes will be freed up.

“Our investment in sustainability, biodiversity and zero carbon will allow Quinn and the golf course owner to move forward with a brand new public park that the people of Woking can enjoy in perpetuity.”

The proposed development of the golf club, which opened in 1994, has already encountered significant opposition from residents and local councillors.

Will Forster, the Woking South County Liberal Democrat Councilor, said: ‘I am very disappointed to see a developer have submitted plans to build on Sutton Green Golf Club.

“The promoter organized a public consultation last year, during which they found the strength to feel local. Residents are completely against these plans and want to lose this vital greenbelt to development. »

Last year the club said it would reimburse life members if the course closed.

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