Northampton Borough Council orders golf centre to stop “unauthorised” work on battlefield site

The site at Delapre Golf Centre
The site at Delapre Golf Centre

A golf centre has been ordered to stop “unauthorised” construction work near its club house on land where the Battle of Northampton was fought.

Delapre Golf Centre in Eagle Drive applied for planning permission to build a new 126-space car park and adventure golf facility three years ago but then withdrew the plans due to the need to carry out a full archeological survey.

Members of the Battlefield Trust criticised the scheme as they believe the land may be where the Battle of Northampton was fought in 1460.

However, pictures have been posted on Facebook that appear to show the top soil has been removed on the site

Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning said council officials had visited the site on Wednesday and ordered work to stop “immediately”.

He said: “We met with the Golf Centre management following reports of unauthorised work being carried out near the club house.

“The Golf Centre has been informed that any works will need planning permission and the Golf Centre has 14 days to submit the necessary paperwork for the council to consider.”

In January 2013, the golf club’s general manager Greg Iron said the new car park wouldn’t require any excavation.

He said: “It would be done just by removing top soil. So we’d love to do it, but if we have to spend an awful lot of money on archaeological digs, it may scupper our plans.”