The golf of all dangers - Trends-Tendances sur PC

The golf of all dangers – Trends-Tendances sur PC

Already in 2010, Ghelamco announced on its website that the construction of a second golf course in Knokke would begin the following year. Twelve years later, the file remains blocked.

A 120 hectare golf course designed for international competitions and designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the best golfers of all time. A giant hotel. A congress center of 6,000 m2. A car park with 1,350 spaces. A dozen villas scattered around. Paul Gheysens, boss of Ghelamco, had seen big (see the project …

A 120 hectare golf course designed for international competitions and designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the best golfers of all time. A giant hotel. A congress center of 6,000 m2. A car park with 1,350 spaces. A dozen villas scattered around. Paul Gheysens, boss of Ghelamco, had seen big (see the project in illustration)… But he must be disillusioned. Zuhal Demir, Flemish Minister for the Environment, has just categorically refused what should have been one of the largest real estate projects in Flanders, with an investment of around 400 million euros. The opinions requested were positive – sometimes giving the benefit of the doubt, it is true – and the municipality of Knokke itself was in demand insofar as the existing golf course operates with a waiting list. She also viewed positively the construction of a convention center likely to attract wealthy customers. But economy and ecology do not always go hand in hand. “The project does not fit into the landscape of the polders but takes hold of it”, objected the minister to justify her refusal. One million cubic meters of earth must indeed be stirred up and the elevation of the land (up to 7.50 meters in places) would spoil the typical polder landscape. This is also the argument developed by a neighbor, also active in real estate – on the coast and in Poland – and operator of a fairly exclusive 12-hectare stud farm. Declaring himself “surprised” by the ministerial decision, Paul Gheysens is now studying the possibilities of appeal. Realistic, however, he has already acknowledged that his dream will not materialize during the current decade.

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