What is proposed

The proposal site is a disused former private golf club, 6.45 hectares (15.9 acres) in size adjoining The Sphinx Club facilities. The remainder of the site is bordered by residential areas comprised of Siddeley Avenue, Whitworth Avenue, Lowfield Road, Riverlea Road, The Boxhill and The Cornfield.

The site is a privately-owned former golf course, which ceased operation twenty years ago. Fenced-off from the community for generations, the site is now overgrown with brambles and includes areas of disused land, a club house building and overflow car park.

The vision for the site is to create a new residential neighbourhood, which will include approximately 204 dwellings (offering a mix of house types and sizes to meet local needs), a new Multi-Use Games Area, play area for children and skate park for community use, and extensive landscaped areas of green public open space which will be fully accessible to all in the community and linked by a series of footpaths and cycleways.

The proposal will see the creation of new landscaping, helping to integrate the development within the surrounding area and promoting ecology through the planting of up to 700 trees, principally comprising native species. An opportunity exists to include creative initiatives as part of the open space and landscaping, for example a wooded trail and play equipment for children.

Primary vehicular access to the proposed new neighbourhood will be via a four armed mini roundabout off Siddeley Avenue at the junction with Armstrong Avenue.

Location Plan

In summary, Wellington Arch Ltd and The Sphinx Club propose to submit a planning application for the site which would seek to deliver the following:

Approximately 204 new homes comprising a mix of types, sizes and tenures (including 25% affordable housing)

Secures the long-term future of The Sphinx Club in the community

A network of public footpaths and cycleways connecting the development to neighbouring residential areas

Provision of landscaped public open space, including a green corridor along the western boundary which could include a wooded play trail

Provision of a children’s play area, multi-use games area, and skate park for community use

It should be noted that The Sphinx Club does not form part of the application site and would continue to operate alongside the proposed development.

The proposal offers significant support for The Sphinx Club, and will help secure the future of the facility through both a financial contribution, as well as a gifting of the freehold interest in both the clubhouse buildings and land. This will help to deliver wider benefits for the local community.

Site Plan