A FORMER Wirral golf course could be used for sports pitches, 'improved biodiversity and community access' and space for allotments under plans to be discussed by councillors later this month.

The council has been considering the future and potential transfer of Brackenwood Golf Course since its closure, in March 2022, as part of the authority's 2022/23 budget process.

However, a transfer to Brackenwood Community Golf Limited was said to have been 'unable to progress' after the organisation told the council that it was not viable to re-open the course as an 18-hole golf course.

The report detailing potential uses for the course will be presented to the authority's Policy and Resources Committee when it meets on July 17.

A council statement read: "As the asset transfer was unable to go ahead as agreed this means a decision is needed on the future use of this site and the report puts forward recommendations for councillors to consider.

"The golf course is located in the Green Belt and is therefore protected from inappropriate development – such as residential use – and only has value for open space/ outside sports and recreation uses which are compatible with the site’s Green Belt status.

"Brackenwood Community Golf Limited has said it is willing to develop, with the council, a proposal for the site which provides for a short form of golf, a driving range and an increased number of grass playing pitches.

"However, Brackenwood Golf Club has said it is disappointed with the view of Brackenwood Community Golf Limited and has itself advised that it would like an opportunity to bring forward a community asset transfer proposal with another golf operator to provide an 18-hole golf course with two full-sized grass playing pitches Alternative uses of the site have been considered in the report."

An independent valuation estimated the site’s value at £950,000 for use as a golf course and other open space recreation uses, though the actual value would only be determined following a full marketing exercise.

The council statement continued: "Another bid for community asset transfer is also an option, though the report highlights that the risk is, given the recent decision of Brackenwood Community Golf Limited, that any future asset transfer proposals may also turn out not be viable.

"The report to councillors recommends that the authority instead retains the former Brackenwood Golf Course and use it for a combination of grass playing pitches for a variety of sports (without floodlights), biodiversity net gain, to support the Council’s Local Plan, with improved community access for residents and to explore the opportunities for allotments (for which there is a significant demand in Wirral) on part of the site."