Tourism development project around Saint-Gatien golf course: Mayor discusses with residents

Philippe Langlois went to the AG des Amis de Trouville, Hennequeville and Villerville. © Le Pays d’Auge / M.-M. Mill

The exercise was not easy, but the dialogue prevailed. Thursday 11 August 2022And the Philip Langloismayor Saint-Gatien-de-Boisto call Friends of Trouville-sur-Mer, Hennenkville and Villerville who held their general assembly in the town hall of Trouville-sur-Mer. This association has recently welcomed into its ranks the inhabitants of Saint-Gatien-de-Bois and the neighboring cities of Barneville-la-Bertrand, Benedepe and Equimoville. Access linked to the fight led by the Federation member of Côte de la Toque against The current real estate project was implemented on the golf course in Saint-Gatien.

Including an 18-hole golf course, five-star hotel, tourist accommodation, or even residential spaces with Norman villas, it has raised concerns among residents and associations. Several arguments have been put forward, particularly with regard to the environmental impact of soil industrialization, the risk of runoff from concrete pouring in Mont Saint-Jean or the impact of the project on a 15,000 m2 wetland and a very high biodiversity. The meeting was held in this context.

A reminder of the mayor’s goals

Reaching his documents under the arm, Philippe Langlois, also an agricultural advisor and vice-president in charge of rurality with the commune community, began with a presentation of his town, recalling its rural character and the work that had been done in particular to find a growing population. A long introduction to the tourism development project around the golf course he inherited when he arrived at Ras Town Hall, in 2009. ” I received 55 investors in 10 years, he explains. I have always had the same presentation of the project that was to open in the district, in relation to the municipality, so that all the services and business of Saint-Gatien would benefit from it.” When the last investor presented his project, the mayor looked at it closely. “Regarding the economic part, from It is important for the municipality to have a additional taxes. Moreover, from the very beginning, I have always asked for a file A project with high environmental value. Today, golf has nothing but a high environmental value.” Finally, the mayor indicated that the goal was Employing local people.

On Thursday, August 11, 2022, Philippe Langlois, Mayor of Saint-Gatien-de-Bois, responded to the invitation of the friends of Trouville-sur-Mer, Hennenkville and Villerville who held their public meeting in Trouville-sur-City Hall.  - Sea.
On Thursday, August 11, 2022, Philippe Langlois, Mayor of Saint-Gatien-de-Bois, responded to the invitation of the friends of Trouville-sur-Mer, Hennenkville and Villerville who held their public meeting in Trouville-sur-City Hall. – Sea. (© The Pays d’Auge / M.-M. Remoleur)

The mayor made no secret of his knowledge two sensitive topics related to this project. “First there is water,” he says, “but I trust all the state services, and the research firms I’ve worked on.” The other big topic is the theme traffic movement, especially on RD 288 and in the already busy Chemin de la Mue. “Golf or not golf is a topic that has been on my mind for a very long time.”


In the room, there were especially many residents Barnville La Bertrand Who set up an association several months ago for this project. It is not a question of opposing any new project. The problem is the pharaonic aspect because it will more than double your population,” he notes Chantal HavesAssociation president questioning the mayor about traffic problems also on D279 Connecting Saint-Gatien-des-Bois and Barneville-la-Bertran. The mayor replied, “It is indeed one of the points that came out of the initial consultations. I have looked for other entrances to the golf course and this will not be the main entrance, the idea is to stay more in the eastern part, and negotiations are underway.” The mayor also mentioned a roundabout that can be linked to the coastal rural future. “I will then propose to return the Chemin de la Mue as my one-way road and lay it down.” Other residents of Saint-Gatien also expressed concern about the presence that should increase “on roads already prone to accidents”.

The environment

Submit to represent Leave Côte Fleuriegeographer coach John Baptiste de Salle I specifically addressed an issue watershed. “We see him with the exceptional droughts that will recur in the coming years, he is a concern. I would like to know where the in-depth hydrological and hydrographic studies are that would allow us to see the impact of this project.” Philippe Langlois answers: “You are right about the hydraulic problems. There is less than 40,000 square meters of floor space, the study water law It wasn’t mandatory, I asked for it and it’s in progress.” Concern shared by Henri Locket Which pointed to the water supply that could become more complex if the population increased, but also the problem that this project could pose for sanitation, with the communal station saturated. “The proposed solution would be to create a private sewage station, but that would flow into secret sewers,” worries the president of the Rivage de la Toque union. Also on this point, the mayor is waiting for the results of the study water law. The mayor of Saint-Gatien concluded, “I am open to any questioning and any possibility of cooperation with you. The important thing is that everyone is doing well on a project like this.”

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