Plans submitted for 25 “high-quality” homes at historic golf course

Plans for 25 new “high-quality” homes and greenkeeping facilities at Elderslie Golf Club have been lodged with Renfrewshire Council.

The proposals from the club and Dickie & Moore Homes include the development of 17 houses and eight flats at the southern end of Newton Avenue, on land which is currently an open area covered in trees and shrubs.

The homes would be made up of three, four and five-bed houses as well as a pair of two-storey blocks each containing four flats.

There are also plans to erect new greenkeeping buildings on land at the northern end of the course from a connection onto Newton Avenue.

If planning bosses approve the proposals, the old greenkeeping buildings – described as being in a poor condition – near Newton Cottage would be demolished.

In a design and access statement, the club and developer said the new buildings would breathe fresh life into a vacant area.

The statement said: “The objective of the proposals is to relocate the poor-quality greenkeeping facilities to make then more efficient and useful, and to create a residential development to restore and revitalise an area which is currently not fully used and is overgrown mostly with shrubs and low-quality trees.

“The new development replicates the general form and pattern of housing in the adjacent part of Newton Avenue, Roundhill Drive and Newton Drive.

“The proposals are for high-quality housing, with design, scale and materials all appropriate to the area.”

The historic Elderslie golf course is one designed by renowned architect and five-time Open winner James Braid and first opened for play almost a century ago in 1909.

If the plans get the go-ahead, it is proposed to extend Newton Avenue and create a new perpendicular residential street.

Developers say footpaths are provided and new pedestrian links are proposed to connect the new development with these existing paths.

The development would be made up of six three-bed houses, eight four-bed houses and three five-bed properties alongside the flats.

The houses – which will be mostly detached – would all have two car parking spaces either at the front or as driveways down the side and the majority will include a garage. Each flat would also have two parking spaces assigned.

“The five house types and two blocks of flats will all use a similar palette of materials including render, facing brick and grey concrete roof tiles. Finishes and colours will be similar throughout the proposed development to create a sympathetic character area within the site as a whole, ” the statement added.

“The house types have been mixed throughout the site to provide interest.”

The applicants have said they will be making sure the development is sympathetic to disabled people and proposals are outlined to ensure inclusive access.

The statement added: “The roads and footpaths will comply with gradients required for wheelchairs and formal and informal paths will be surfaced so they are inclusive for all.

“Dropped kerb points will be provided throughout the site and footpaths will be a minimum of 2m in width, accommodating mobility-impaired users and pushchair users.”

Daily Record – Paisley