Housing battle at Windmill Hill

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PROTESTORS battling a proposal to build housing on a city golf course are showing growing concerns over developers’ new plans.

A public hearing into the decision of Milton Keynes Council to reject a planning proposal to build 89 houses on Windmill Hill Golf Course was heard in West Bletchley on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week.

However, the developers have raised the possibility of returning to an earlier proposal to build a hotel on the golf course.

Councillors Elaine Wales and Nigel Long both spoke at the meeting along with residents, Milton Keynes Council officers and the developers themselves.

Ms Wales said: “We have fought the planning proposal to build on this lovely open space for over 18 months. I believe the case against building on the golf course is very strong and I was pleased to highlight the loss of open space and the potential traffic problems.”

“The proposal to build on the golf course is a bad one and not supported by residents.

“The fact that they were paying a barrister to appear worries me, as does the suggestion they raised in the hearing that an earlier proposal to build a hotel on the golf course might be put forward again.”

Mr Long said the application appears to have ‘more to do with the financial problems the company running the club has.’

He said: “They are clearly struggling to make money out of the golf course. I think the company running it should consider withdrawing from the lease and let another golf company come in and take over. That would be better than losing precious open space and causing more traffic problems.”