New mini golf course gets planning permission

Cadbury Garden Centre.

Cadbury Garden Centre. - Credit: Archant

A pirate adventure golf will be built in Congresbury after a garden centre secured planning permission.

Cadbury Garden Centre applied to build the 15-hole course in its Smallway grounds late last year.

Its application says the course will include synthetic grass and a mixture of hard and soft landscaping, alongside features such as a cave, waterfalls, ponds, a bridge and a variety of pirate-themed props, and will create jobs during construction and once it is built.

The course will be located to the north-west of the site and, according to the council, its effect on the landscape and shops in Congresbury and Yatton will be ‘minimal’.

A council report outlining the planning decision said: “The site is located in a sustainable location, benefitting from being close to bus stops and being reasonably accessible on cycle and foot.

“It is considered this further diversification of business use on this site, by the introduction of this leisure use, will not undermine the viability of retail businesses located in adjoining village shopping areas.”

Planning agent Weller Designs put the proposals forward on behalf of Wyevale, which owns Cadbury.

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The firm expects more than 20,000 people to use the course every year and said it will create jobs during construction and afterwards.

Weller Designs said: “It is envisaged the adventure golf facility could attract between 20,000 and 30,000 participants each year – some will be coming to the nursery anyway, others will be coming to specifically play the adventure golf.

“This estimated footfall requires additional staff to run and maintain the facility, with at least two additional full-time employees needed.

“While short-term, the actual construction of the facility will require the employment of between four and six construction workers over a period of about two months, with local labouring jobs also available during the construction period.

“Economically, the facility adds a valuable addition to the Wyevale experience, both complementing its family attractions and presenting an alternative attraction during times of the day or season when the nursery complex is less busy.”