Village set for more sporting facilities as college applies to build golf driving range

PUBLISHED: 15:57 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:24 22 May 2019

Clifton College. Picture: Google

Clifton College. Picture: Google

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More sporting facilities could be built in a village.

Clifton College has applied to North Somerset Council to build a golf driving range on its sports grounds, in Failand.

The grounds, in Abbots Leigh Road, are one of the area's largest outdoor sporting complexes at around 80 acres of land and already houses a clubhouse and changing rooms.

The driving range will comprise of four separate bays which are south-facing onto the open field, which covers a 250-metre distance, and an open-fronted, timber frame hut will support the bays.

It would be the latest in a long line of sporting facilities built in the surrounding area over the past year.

The council approved Bristol City Football Club's plans to build a state-of-the-art training facility in nearby Beggar Bush Lane, which included a 500-seat stadium on land at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School playing fields in September.

The following month the school successfully applied to replace its grass sports pitches with artificial surfaces, including an all-weather hockey pitch and four tennis or netball courts with floodlighting, perimeter fences and storage areas at its Clevedon Road site.

In February, Premiership Rugby side Bristol Bears began building a 'world-class training facility', also in Beggar Bush Lane, comprising of a two-storey training barn containing a gym, changing rooms, a floodlit all-weather 4G pitch, three grass pitches and offices for staff.

MORE: Rugby club given green light for 'world class facility.

A spokesman for the college said: "The development is acceptable in principle as no change of use will occur, it will introduce a new sport to the complex which already offers a vast range of different activities.

"The four-bay structure is a proportionate size given its intended use as an extra-curricular activity and its infrequent use over the winter period.

"It will not intrude on the vast open space."

The site will be accessed from the main entrance to the college's sports ground and then internally on foot through the playing fields.

The range will be used by college students, where golf will be offered as an extra-curricular activity and will be available to them when they want to practice in their free time.

It will be managed by the college ground staff and will not be open for public use.

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