Agreement signed by Royal Norwich GC and property developer
Royal Norwich Golf Club’s relocation to a new site to the north west of the city has taken another major step forward after formal agreements for the proposed move were signed and exchanged.
The club is planning to move from its current home on the fringes of the city centre to Weston Park just under ten miles away.
Those initial plans were revealed in February 2014 as part of a major project with property giant Persimmon Homes that will see the development of up to 1,000 new homes.
With the formal agreements having now been signed, the scheme has progressed to the planning permission stage, with detailed proposals expected to be put before councillors at some point this coming summer.
The project hinges on approval being given to the housing development, the proceeds of which will be used to create the new Royal Norwich Golf Club.
Phil Grice, the general manager of Royal Norwich, said it was an “incredibly historic moment” for the club. “The golf club’s legal sub group have worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to achieve the signing. It is now over to the various design teams to create a course and facilities that are seen as a new benchmark in golf,” said Grice.
Should planning permission be granted, it is expected that it will take approximately 24 months to construct and ‘grow in’ the new course at Weston Park. Until that point, Royal Norwich will carry on playing 18 holes at the present site.
Martin Davison from Persimmon Homes said: “We are delighted that the formal legal agreement between ourselves and the club has been completed enabling progression of work towards the submission and attaining of relevant planning permissions.
“Considerable work still needs to be undertaken before applications can be submitted. However, the signing of these agreements is a major milestone in achieving the ultimate objectives of both Persimmon and the club.”
The Royal Norwich Golf Club was formed on November 8, 1893, with the then Duke of York - the future King George V - consenting to become patron of the club. Last year, during the club’s 120th anniversary celbrations, Prince Andrew, the current Duke of York, agreed to follow in his great-grandfather’s footsteps.