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.
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.