Plans for indoor golf simulator centre in Corby approved

The plans were approved on Tuesday
The plans were approved on Tuesday

It’s a hole-in-one for golf fans as plans for an indoor golf simulator centre in Corby have been given the go-ahead.

Permission has been granted for change of use so The Hole In One Golf Centre can take over an industrial unit in Pasteur Courtyard in Whittle Road, Corby.

Planning documents considered by Corby Council’s development control committee, which approved the plans this week, stated: “The proposed indoor simulator centre is a unique facility within Northamptonshire and as a concept is rare in the UK.

“The proposal will be a dedicated centre providing three simulators which are open for booking by the general public.

“Each simulator is provided with its own tee and the course image is displayed on a large screen.

“The software and hardware provide an interactive golfing experience where the player can select his/her chosen golf course and play a championship round of golf or alternatively they can select to practice on a golfing range.

“It is considered that the proposal will compliment and enhance the existing golf offer within Corby and as such should be supported.

“Further to this the provision of additional sports facilities is generally supported and will contribute towards the desire for a healthier active population.”

It had been raised that changing the use of the unit from business, storage or distribution to assembly and leisure would be a loss to the overall supply of this type of unit in Corby.

However, the agent said there are three vacant units out of six as well as another unit in Pasteur Court which is likely to be vacated in November, showing there is not an under supply of these types of units in the area.

The planning documents concluded: “In conclusion it is considered that the usage of the site as an indoor golf simulator centre is considered to be acceptable given that there are no sequentially preferable sites.

“The site has been vacant for over a year and has been actively marketed during part of this period without any potential tenants other than the proposed user coming forward.”

The plans were approved at a meeting on Tuesday night.