Hotel and new facilities to be built at golf course

MAJOR new sports facilities and an hotel are to be built at a golf club in Wallsend.

The Centurion Golf Club in Rheydt Avenue is set to be transformed after the majority of North Tyneside’s planning committee voted in favour of the proposals this week.

In addition to the 40-bedroom hotel, the scheme includes a sports injury rehabilitation clinic, refurbishment of a former sports centre, a new squash court, a bar and dining facilities, six all-weather pitches, three tennis courts, a par 3 golf course, adventure course and batting cage.

The 25-acre site, associated with the golf club, currently includes a shop, changing facilities, bar and driving range, an all-weather pitch, bowling green, cricket pitch and five-a-side courts.

The development of the land in the centre of the site, around the former sports centre and golf clubhouse, will not include work to the existing 18-hole course which is laid out to surround the golf club.

The sports centre and its halls are now closed and the cricket pitch and football pitches are no longer in use.

Sports facilities which were once on the site and controlled by the council have been transferred to Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend and replacement playing field provision has been secured on land to the south, at the Wallsend Boys Football Club site.

The hotel will be three storeys high and connected to the former sports centre by a link, which will be the reception for the hotel and adventure course.

The sports injury rehabilitation clinic will be detached from the golf club on a separate area of land and will incorporate cryogenic facilities, treatment rooms, dental surgery, gymnasium, sauna, steam room and plunge pools.

The development, it is said, will create 66 jobs.

Coun Tommy Mulvenna told the committee that he is concerned about the increase of traffic to the area but feels the development will have a positive impact in the town.

He said: “Building a hotel and an injury clinic will enhance what is already there and bring the golf course into the 21st century.

“I think this will move it forward and attract visitors into the Wallsend area.

“My only concern is the traffic issues and I think the council need to be on top of them from day one.”

Coun Glynis Barrie said: “I think what the facilities offer will benefit the residents of North Tyneside and bring people into the borough to spend money in the shops.”