Established in 1994, the London Golf Club is a premier golf destination in the UK spanning 700 acres with two championship courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, 1,300 members and a dedicated team of 145 full-time employees.

Renowned for hosting the 2008 and 2009 European Open, as well as the 2014 World Matchplay, the club is considered to host the prestigious 2031 or 2035 Ryder Cup and the proposals have been designed to ensure global events will continue to be attracted to this part of Kent

Beyond golf, the venue hosts a variety of hospitality events year-round.

The plans would represent the next steps in the Club’s history, improving access to sports facilities for all and providing high quality leisure facilities.


Planning Background

The aspiration to improve facilities is a longstanding one. Planning permission was granted by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council in 2011 for the delivery of a new 130 bed hotel, 20 staff bedrooms, spa, restaurant, ballroom and conference facilities.

In March 2013, planning permission was granted by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to relocate the driving range to the eastern side of Ash Lane with a new access/underpass providing direct access, a 9-hole golf course and diversion of the public right of way.

Some limited works were undertaken in relation to both planning permissions, but they were not constructed. The new proposals significantly improve on the consented proposals ensuring they meet the latest needs and provide state of the art facilities.

Whilst the site is located within the green belt, meaning there are restrictions in place, we consider that there is a strong case, or ‘very special circumstances’ in planning terminology for this development in the green belt, particularly in light of the existing planning consents for a new hotel, driving range and underpass.