developments are now commonly asked to supply detailed information
on the construction techniques and methods. It is recognised that
although a course may be located, designed and managed appropriately,
there is considerable potential for the construction phase to impact
on the environment.
On site management,
haul routes, contractor's compounds, soil stripping and mixing, earth
shifting, landscaping, drainage and application of pesticides and
fertilisers during construction and grow in all have potential environmental
impacts. Increasingly, planning authorities and consultees within
the planning process are keen for developers to pinpoint what the
operations are likely to entail, and for details of measures to
minimise the environmental impacts of these operations.
For some time now SGEG have received requests from a number of sources
for guidance on the construction techniques associated with golf
course development. In particular, we have often been asked how
a construction methods statement should be presented, and what the
contents of such as report should include. Given that all golf courses
will involve similar construction procedures, although varied to
a lesser or greater degree depending on the scale of the development,
we have prepared the following generic guidance that will assist
developers, architects and others in the preparation of this important
piece of planning material.