Reading Golf Club plans met with over 4,000 objections

According to a campaign group, new construction plans for 223 homes at the Reading golf course have met with more than 4,000 objections.

Previous attempts to build hundreds of homes on the golf course, located off Kidmore End Road in Emmer Green, have received thousands of objections.

Now the latest site plan which was submitted late last year has received more than 4,000 objections, breaking a Reading Borough Council record.

Plans to turn the golf course into a housing estate were opposed from the start by the Keep Emmer Green campaign.

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A statement on the campaign’s website reads: “Reading Golf Club has once again received the highest number of objections – over 4,000! – for their latest attempt to build 223 properties on open parkland in Emmer Green.

Adding: “The community of Caversham, Emmer Green and South Oxfordshire have made it clear they are fed up with Reading Golf Club and its developers handling a fundamentally broken proposal.

“We once again ask council to respect not only the opinions of their residents, but also their own planning strategy and policies, and to reject this third request, which – if approved – would destroy acres of open parkland and would add over a thousand cars a day. journeys to the polluted roads of Reading.

“We call on Reading Borough Council to consider the future benefits to thousands of people in Reading by keeping green spaces green, and their commitment to defining Reading as a ‘city of parks and rivers’ by 2030.”

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The campaign added that it was seeking confirmation of the council’s exact number of objections.

Looking at the most recent plan on Reading Borough Council’s planning portal, a total of 50 public comments can be seen.

However, by clicking on comments received on a particular date, a long list of comments can be read.

Proposals for construction on Reading Golf Club have been submitted by developers Fairfax Ltd and the golf club itself, which owns the land.

The most recent plan, if approved, would see 223 homes, 67 of which would be affordable, built on the golf course, in a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced homes.

The latest record for the number of objections to a planning application at Reading Borough Council was broken by a previous iteration of plans for the Reading golf course.

This request, for 257 houses, received more than 3,000 objections and was rejected by the council’s planning committee last July.

A previous application for 260 homes on the golf course was withdrawn in December 2020 after receiving over 2,000 objections.

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