Construction equipment giant JCB has been given planning approval for a £30M golf course development near its Rocester headquarters in Staffordshire.
The proposals are for an 18-hole championship golf course covering 97 hectares.
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning applications committee unanimously approved the scheme. Tenders will be invited for phase one of the project, which will involve earthmoving works and landscaping.
Initial works are planned to start in the Autumn, and after a planned suspension during the winter months, earthmoving and landscaping will recommence in 2015. The course is expected to be completed in 2018.
The course will be designed by European Golf Design - the golf course design company of IMG and the European Tour - best known for the 2010 course at Celtic Manor in Wales, host of the 2010 Ryder Cup.
The golf development also includes Woodseat Hall, an 18th Century mansion currently in ruins, but which will have a new lease of life under plans to renovate it as the course clubhouse, complete with spa, leisure facility and five-star hotel-style accommodation.
The plans have been conceived by JCB Chairman Lord Bamford and follow an announcement last December that JCB will invest £150m to build two new factories in Staffordshire and significantly increase production to meet an anticipated growth in demand for its products.