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Golfers up in arms over plans to replace driving range with care home

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Hertfordshire golfers are up in arms after learning of plans to replace their driving range with a care home.

The plans for a 70-bed, Barchester Healthcare care home would mean the demolition of Berkhamsted Golf Range.

John Porter, of Berkhamsted Golf Range, told Hemel Today: “Why would you demolish a very popular well used recreational facility to build a large brick-built building on the green belt in an area of outstanding natural beauty?

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“There is no special need to build a care home on this site. In fact the site is poorly suited to this type of building.

“The main access is narrow with no footpaths and leads to another road with no footpaths and a 60 mph speed limit.

“There are no amenities or transport links within walking distance. This would be just one more extension of Berkhamsted into the green belt against the local green belt plan.”

Mr Porter said the driving range was also widely used as a place of exercise by the elderly and those socially isolating.

A Barchester spokesperson said: “We are excited about the proposition of bringing our ethos of high quality care in a beautifully designed environment to Berkhamsted. We always strive to be a positive addition to the community where there is a requirement for residential care and dementia care needs, allowing us to deliver a personalised offer for those that need it, and provide employment for those that are passionate about caring for others.”

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