1:00pm Sunday 14th April 2013
By Katie Smith
Campaigners gathered on the steps of County Hall, Trowbridge, on Tuesday to hand over a 1,204-signature petition to stop possible future developments on Bradford on Avon Golf Course.
Keep the Golf Course Green was restarted last month after residents became aware of Barratt Homes’ plans to challenge the draft Wiltshire Core Strategy on the number of future housing figures required for Bradford on Avon.
A petition was set up and has reached more than 944 written signatures and 260 online signatures. Several campaigners met councillors inside for a meeting.
Marion Collett, organiser of the campaign, said: “We want to offer our support to the council towards the Core Strategy.”
A Wiltshire Council spokesperson said: “The development of this site for housing would be contrary to the Wiltshire Core Strategy which is due to be examined in public by an independent government inspector from May 7. It identifies Kingston Farm as the preferred site to meet future housing needs.”
Keep the Golf Course Green campaign started in 2008 when a planning application to build 198 houses on the golf course led to residents gathering 2,000 signatures to protest.
The application was refused but a year later another planning application came through and although it was withdrawn, the number of signatures opposing reached more than 1,000.
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