Woodland Trust is delighted that North Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee yesterday rejected the planning application for a golf course within Gadbury & Lundimore Woods near Broughton. The vote was disappointingly close, but in the end supported the planning officer recommendation to reject the application on the basis that the loss of this important block of ancient woodland was simply not outweighed by the economic benefits that the proposed golf course would bring to the area.
Some of the comments made in the committee discussion prior to the decision by those supporting the construction of the golf course, sadly betrayed a limited understanding about the need to protect ancient woodland as a scarce resource and the management of woodlands generally.
There is a strong chance of an Appeal against the decision, but we are now preparing our case for this. We are confident that an independent Planning Inspector will uphold the decision, on the basis that the proposed golf course extension, whilst leaving some trees and blocks of woodland standing, would substantially change the character of the existing habitat to the extent that it would irreversibly then lose its ancient woodland characteristics.