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Plans to extend golf driving range near Montgomery could create six extra jobs

The driving range at Lakeside Golf Club at Garthmyl near Montgomery (Pic: Philip Humphreys)

SIX jobs could be created if plans to extend a golfing facility near Montgomery are approved by Powys County Council planners.

The application is by Mr and Mrs Jones of Lakeside Golf Club at Garthmyl.

They want to add a further 11 bays to the current floodlit driving range facility at the club.

A driving range is where golfers hone their swing by hitting golf balls in practice, in the hope of playing well on the course.

The proposals also includes erecting a building which would provide a shop a viewing area and toilet facilities.

A new parking area will also be provided for twenty cars next to the new facility, which will include two disabled parking bays.

Planning agent Phillip Humphreys explained the proposal in a design and access statement.

Mr Humphreys said: “Lakeside Golf Course has been operating very successfully since it opened in 2007.

“In 2014 a driving range facility was added, consisting of six open fronted bays, where members of the public can practice their golf providing an important facility for coaching.

“This has proved so successful that it is proposed to increase the number of bays to seventeen.

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“There will also be a shop where golfing merchandise can be bought, toilets and storage areas.

“It should be noted that these facilities will only be used by people visiting the driving range and will provide employment for an additional six people.”

Mr Humphreys adds that the golf course is an important tourism asset, bringing in people from further afield and catering for those who are on holiday in the area.

Mr Humphreys notes that Argae Hall Caravan Park is next to the golf club.

Mr Humphreys added: “The extension to the driving range bays will be clad in olive green plastic coated preformed metal sheeting to match the existing bays and maintenance sheds.

“The viewing gallery and refreshment area will have a grey metal roof with brick and glass elevations facing the clubhouse.

“The building has been designed to take advantage of the location next to the lake and will sit comfortably into the landscape in terms of scale, materials and appearance. ”

A decision should be made on the application by November 20.