FURTHER plans have been submitted to transform a golf course following the approval for 50 homes.

Three years ago, planning permission was given by Durham County Council granting houses to be built at Woodham Golf and Country Club, in Newton Aycliffe.

Developers were also given the go-ahead for improvements to the facility’s clubhouse and golf course.

During consultation into the proposals, the council received seven letters of objection from nearby residents and 15 letters of support.

Members of the county council’s planning committee unanimously agreed to grant permission for the plans, which Councillor John Clare described at the time, as being “a more reasonable version of a previous application which was too ambitious and never went ahead.”

He added: “This one will be very beneficial to the local economy.”

Following the approval, further plans have been submitted which detail style, landscaping and layout.

Developers say they hope to largely retain the landscape features of the site and will maintain hedgerows and mature trees where possible to reduce visual impact on neighbouring properties.

In the planning proposal it states: “Due to the age of the surrounding residential estates, materials are largely traditional in their form and mainly consist of facing brick, concrete roof tiles, and rosewood upvc windows. There is no single characteristic architectural style associated with the area.

“The masterplan will provide improvements to the golf club and course balanced with the new residential development to create a realistic and deliverable proposal. The mix of housing will reflect the local character and address the need of the immediate area. Open space and landscape features will be key drivers of the scheme and will benefit the wider area.

“The proposed development is to reflect and compliment the vernacular, character, structure and scale of the surrounding townscape.”

Comments on the proposals can be submitted online at durham.gov.uk