Mass home renovations in Cheshire are expected thanks to the closing of a golf club, freeing up space for around 900 new homes.

Gorstyhill Golf Club, located near Crewe in Wychwood Village, recently made the surprise announcement to its staff and members, and closed its doors at the end of March.

The proposal, which could increase the village’s size by over 100%, includes a school, a new centre and a job site covering 160 acres on which the course currently stands.

Some locals have tried to encourage the owner of the club, Peter Hunt, to overturn his decision. He also owns Haddon Property Developments Ltd, the firm responsible for the conversion plan. Speaking to This is Staffordshire, however, a club spokesman explained that the decision is final, saying:

“Unfortunately the owner has decided to close it due to it making a loss.”

Members were told of the decision by email. It stated:

“After reviewing the financial information for the last year the owner has made the decision to close the business as the club has been operating at a considerable loss.

“When the club was purchased it was known that it was not profitable but the losses have magnified and are now to the extent that it is no longer a viable business to attempt to turn around.”

The developers have said that the area is prime for development in a bid to go some way in meeting the further 6,000 – 7,000 homes required in Crewe by 2030.