Delay in golf plan decision

A DECISION on plans to build a controversial golf course next to a 1950s cemetery has been delayed due to land ownership issues.

A decision by Durham County Council’s planning committee was expected on whether a six-hole golf academy and driving range could be built next to Thorpe Road Cemetery, in Horden.

But the decision has been adjourned after there was a dispute over land ownership.

It is believed brothers, Jim and Alan Howard, have joint ownership of the land, but only Alan Howard has signed the plans for the golf course.

Horden Parish Council clerk Paul Davison appeared in the Mail last week saying the council would fight the plans on safety and conservation grounds.

He said: “The decision got deferred due to the application not being correct when it was submitted.

“The land ownership is in the hands of two farmers who have 50 per cent ownership each.

“Alan Howard has applied for the golf course on his own.

“It should be a joint application.”

During the planning meeting, held last week at County Hall, Mr Davidson said Mr Howard’s solicitor spoke on behalf of his client and said information had come to light that said Jim Howard had never jointly applied for the golf development.

“The planning committee had no other option but to defer,” added Mr Davison.

A county council spokeswoman said: “The decision has been deferred because of issues with ownership of the land.”

A date is yet to be set for a further planning hearing.

Neither of the Howard brothers were available for comment.