Welwyn Hatfield country club hopes to cash in on wedding revenue

PUBLISHED: 06:56 24 January 2019

A planning application for development at Essendon Country Club has been made to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

A planning application for development at Essendon Country Club has been made to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

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A Welwyn Hatfield country club is hoping to cash in on revenue from weddings by providing accommodation for guests in its grounds.

The planning application for Essendon Country Club includes the replacement of windows in the Grand Barn, the installation of 20 ‘accommodation pods’ in the grounds of the golf course near the clubhouse and the demolition of a wooden structure on the course known as the Halfway House.

Landscaping works and improvements to the access road are also part of the proposed development.

“Unsympathetic windows” in the Grand Barn will be replaced with timber-framed windows of a more suitable size and appearance.

The wooden accommodation pods, which are prefabricated, measure 3m x 6m x 3m and feature a bedroom, ensuite and timber deck.

They would be located in a cleared site north of the clubhouse previously occupied by two farmworkers’ cottages.

As part of its design and access report, accompanying the application, it is stated: “At a national level, membership of golf

clubs is declining compared to past decades.

“Increasing the revenue generated from hosting weddings, conferences and golfing holidays will allow Essendon Country Club to reinvest in the club’s two championship golf courses.”

A public consultation session was held at the club on November 15, 2018.


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