Plans for Foot Golf course in Harlow Town Park set to go before planning committee

Business / Tue 6th Jun 2023 at 08:19am

PLANS for a Foot Golf site in the heart of Harlow Town Park are set to go before the Harlow Council planning committee.

The course will be on the former pitch and putt course which was once very popular but that not been in use since the eighties.

There have been a number of objections by local residents.


  • Activity will cause constant noise and disturbance close to rear gardens of properties in Arbour Mews; facility too close to these houses, kiosk only metres away; harm to peace and privacy, health and well-being, quality of life.
  • Litter and anti-social behaviour would occur; no management measures included to address this; no sanitary facilities provided, will result in urinating in hedges;
  • Must be a more suitable location, footgolf normally associated with 18 hole golf courses not suitable for a park location;
  • Not a neglected area as stated, beautiful green space used for informal recreation including walking, running, play, picnics, fresh air;
  • Pitch and putt course been obsolete for 30 years and operated at a time when the houses in Arbour Mews did not exist, this area was Council depot land at that time; scheme should be considered in that light not simply seen as re-opening an existing facility; no greenways or holes exist contrary to statements;
  • Object to suggestion that proposal would enhance the heritage of Grade II protected landscaped park;
  • Car parking will increase on narrow School Lane; access to Arbour Mews will be blocked by illegal parking;
  • Concern at light pollution if site is to be lit.


Nine comments of support on the following grounds:

Great idea; fantastic idea; welcome facility; town lacks great outdoor activities like this and could be used by families; would attract people to the town, would be a boost/ good for Harlow; would result in more income for local businesses such as shops and restaurants.

The meeting will take place at Harlow Council offices on Wednesday June 7th at 7.30pm.

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5 Comments for Plans for Foot Golf course in Harlow Town Park set to go before planning committee:

2023-06-06 11:11:02

Just use the pot holes.

Peter Henegan
2023-06-06 12:43:11

This was reported on last October,YH why are you reporting this as new news, Council, why does everything take so long to get dealt with?

Staff Reporter
2023-06-06 12:49:43

Well it goes like this Peter...We reported back in October that an application had been submitted.. Now in June that application has moved on to be on the agenda for Wednesday nights planning committee.As Gladstone said, it is the inevitability of gradualness......

Bruce Downey
2023-06-07 04:31:42

Wasn’t the original idea back then..for the original golf to be resurrected? 🏌️‍♂️⛳️ not crazy foot golf.😜

2023-06-07 22:06:50

I for one used to use the pitch and putt and it was always a good fun being out enjoying the town park and all it offered., Arbour mews you do not own the park and it was there long before your overpriced houses were, If you wanted peace and quiet you should have bought a house in the country side your smack bang in the middle of a park in the town. Harlow residents and visitors should be able to use it and have a choice of things to do as for picnics walks runs etc their is plenty of town park for that toilets can be provided if it goes ahead I will surely use it again

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