One of the oldest golf clubs in Warwickshire could be one hole short if the HS2 high-speed rail project goes ahead

Kenilworth Golf Club, which was founded in 1889 and has been at its current 123-acre site in Crewe Lane for 77 years, would lose its 16th hole under a compulsory purchase order of land.

It is one of almost 2,000 different organisations to have lodged petitions opposing the high-speed line between London and Birmingham.

The club said in its submission: "The loss of one hole on an 18-hole golf course will make the operation of the course unsustainable.

"Golf is a game played over 18 holes, upon which all handicapping systems and competitions are based.

"Your petitioner strongly objects to its land being acquired and submits that the impact of the loss of this strip of land on its golf course and business is disproportionate to the use for which the promoter seeks to acquire it.          

"With the increase in noise levels, the ability of (the club) to attract players to the course will be dramatically impaired.....(we are) concerned the construction and operation of HS2 will mean the course can no longer provide an acceptable environment for the playing of golf."

Other petitioners include charity the Inland Waterways Association which is warning that, while HS2 Ltd plans to take measures to cut noise from the line near housing, there is no such provision for sections of the canal where houseboats are moored.

Canal sections affected include the Oxford Canal close to the HS2 line near Wormleighton, Warwickshire and the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal at Curdworth among others.

Birmingham Gun-Barrell Proof House, Digbeth
Birmingham Gun-Barrell Proof House, Digbeth
 

Birmingham's Gun Barrel Proof House (above) is an official body established by the Proof Act 1813 which tests guns to make sure they are safe including highly specialised laboratory work in its grade II listed building in Digbeth.

The building, next to the planned HS2 terminus, would lose access to the main road and vehicles delivering guns or equipment would have to use a route dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists.

The National Motorcycle Museum near the NEC warns that changes to the road network around a planned new HS2 station mean visitors will no longer be able to drive to the front of the museum.

Instead, a new road will provide access to back of the museum, potentially confusing customers and expensive work will be required to buildings to turn the back into the front.

The University of Warwick says HS2 could block plans set out in its 10-year masterplan for the development and expansion of its campus.

The world-leading university aims to double its research capacity and increase student numbers, currently 22,000

The university is asking for HS2 to acquire land next to the existing campus so that this can be given to the university to replace land lost to the rail line.

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