Plans chief sympathises with Little Hay Golf Course upgrade fears

An artist's impression of the proposed view from the entrance to Little Hay Golf Complex
An artist's impression of the proposed view from the entrance to Little Hay Golf Complex

A councillor has said he understands people’s feelings if a major golf course redevelopment happens on their doorstep.

Councillor Nick Tiley who, as portfolio holder for finance and resource, has the power to block the work at Little Hay Golf Course said: “I would be upset and agitated and wanting lots of restrictions put on it.”

People living in Bourne End are unhappy with redevelopment plans for the Bovingdon course, which will see 295,000 cubic metres of inert waste used to contour the new course. Mr Tiley, who will be responsible for giving landlords consent for the development on behalf of the council, said: “No, I wouldn’t accuse them of being Nimbys, no more than I am. We are all Nimbys, if we are truthful.”

Mr Tiley said at this stage he is minded to give the project the go ahead, which will also need planning permission from Herts County Council, but also assured people that he is listening to residents. “I’ve not 100 per cent made up my mind,” he said. “But my inclination would be to approve it.”