Development of former Elemore golf course continues

Sunderland Council has approved a plan to turn the defunct Elemore golf course into an eco and heritage park.

In 2022, the first phase of work was given the green light, including converting existing buildings into a community-run garden centre and café.

The latest plan includes changing the wider golf course area into a heritage and eco park with woodland planting, grazing areas, wetland creation and car parking.

The council also sought outline permission to set up a community farm, camping/education facilities and a miniature railway – with the plans officially approved by the council’s Planning and Highways Committee.

The golf course was built on the site of the former Elemore Colliery and spoil heap, which was reclaimed in the 1990s.