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South Lakeland District Council has refused planning consent to Kendal Golf Club for a covered driving-range on Kendal Fell, a Cumbrian village green.
The planning authority rejected the application principally because it would be visually intrusive and over-prominent in the landscape, and it would be detrimental to the public’s use and enjoyment of the land.
The green, which lies above the town to the north-west, has been enjoyed by the public for informal recreation for more than two centuries.
There were nine objections to the golf club’s application and the objectors included the Open Spaces Society, Friends of the Lake District and Kendal Civic Society.
We are delighted that South Lakeland Council has thrown out this damaging application. The council has acted in the interests of Kendal’s residents and the thousands of visitors to this area, who have enjoyed this magnificent open space for many years. We emphasised that the land is registered village green and that it was illegal to build on it unless the golf club provided suitable land in exchange, which we considered would have been impossible.
We are relieved that the area has been saved for the enjoyment of all.