Villagers concerned about holiday lodges at golf club
Villagers are concerned that the new owners of Thorney Lakes Golf Club may be planning to build a number of holiday lodges without securing planning permission.
Some work at the club on English Drove started in June, although no application for planning permission had been made to Peterborough City Council.
The Thorney Lakes website has pictures of the lodges to be built, along with a sales hotline.
Peterborough City Council planning officers visited the site on June 14 and found workers laying hardcore.
Thorney Parish Council, responding to concerns by local residents, had asked city council planners to put a “stop notice” on the developer to prevent any further work taking place.
The city council made a follow-up visit to the site on June 28 and said that no further work had taken place and, in view of this there is no justification at this stage for serving a “stop notice”.
Tony Whittle, compliance officer at the city council planning department said: “I will continue to monitor the site and if works do recommence without the submission of an application I will seek authorisation to serve an Enforcement/Stop Notice.”
When the Thorney Post called the sales number quoted on the golf club website, we were told lodges would be available to buy soon and a show site was to be built.
We asked how many would be built we were told that depended on planning permission and when we asked where they would be, we were told we could visit the site and see the bases being laid for the first lodges.
The sales office told us the lodges were not residential and would be for leisure use only. There would be two-bedroom lodges retailing at around £150,000 and some with one bedroom at a later stage around the £100,000 mark.
Thorney Golf Course is owned by Neil Morgan, who owns a number of leisure facilities, including Tallington Lakes.
We have asked Mr Morgan for an interview or a statement and he has said he does not wish to comment.