The Jack Barker approach to golf course design appears to involve two main features, both of which involve the importation of large quantities of inert landfill. Bunding is used around the course perimeter to keep it secure; this means that conventional fences are unnecessary and at other courses these have not been repaired/replaced. Mounding is used between fairways replacing trees and bushes which are few and far between. The photographs of bunding and mounding were taken at Risebridge Golf Course, Romford (on the north side of the A12/Eastern Avenue to the west of Gallows corner). The final photographs are of Basildon Golf Course; in our view, a similar approach to redesign would have adverse impact on the trees, the wildlife and the nearby residents. All photographs were taken on 14 November 2007.



The eastern end of the bunding. The view is looking west towards London. The A12 Eastern Avenue is out of sight to the left of the picture. Note the fence posts are still standing but the fencing is missing; this is so along the side of the A12 too.



Again the view is looking west. In the foreground is a new bund, then there are the tops of trees and then there is an older grass-covered bund. A van has been driven onto the top of the older bund and planting is taking place. Behind the van and slightly to the right is the roof of what might appear to be a bungalow but which is actually a two-story house.



The same bund viewed from Eastern Avenue looking east. The rear of the van can be seen at the height of the upper windows of the house. On Basildon Golf Course, it is proposed that the earth wall of the driving range to the rear of Ravensdale/ Curlew Crescent will be six metres high; this approximates to the height of the eaves/guttering on a two story house.



View of the same house and bund from the south side of the A12. The bunding can be seen above the roof of the nearer car.



Looking west: bunding meets mounding



Again looking west: note that trees are few and far between. It must have been very difficult for any wildlife to survive changes on this scale



Mounding is between the fairways too; a view looking north.



All the above photographs were taken at Risebridge Golf Course Romford, where Jack Barker Golf has planning permission to import 135,000 cubic metres of landfill for 'improvements'. The photographs were taken at the end of the second year of work at Risebridge so, assuming an even rate of importation, the volume imported so far will be around 100,000 cubic metres; this has been used to construct a driving range at Risebridge in addition to the more obvious bunding and mounding in the photographs. (Remember that 120,000 cubic metres have been agreed for the first phase of the work at Basildon, while the total planned for Basildon is 312,000 cubic metres.

The next photograph is of the driving practice field at Basildon. Plans are to use landfill 6 metres (20 feet) deep to turn it into a driving range. The range will be within 22 metres of some of the rear gardens in Ravensdale and Curlew Crescent.



Basildon: how many of these trees will be left standing?



Basildon: will bunding or mounding improve things here?