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FEARS OVER GOLF CLUB HOME PLAN; Scheme 'could lead to further building'.

Byline: ARRYN BUGGINS

FEARS are rife that plans for a home at Leamington and County Golf Club could spark a larger development.

Five previous proposals for homes have been refused at the Golf Lane course in Whitnash - with two upheld on appeal.

But officers are recommending the latest scheme is approved on Monday, while warning the applicants they want to see only a "modest bungalow".

The club is applying to demolish the former greenkeeper's shed and workshop for the home.

Schemes ranging in size from two to nine homes were refused between 1980 and 1988.

Cllr Bernard Kirton (Ind, Whitnash) said: "There is a petition going round and people are annoyed about this.

"They are worried this could set a precedent and there could be more homes following on.

"This could be the start of something bigger and people have been worried for a long time about homes being built on the course."

Whitnash Town council said this could be a dangerous precedent and it would be detrimental to the character of the countryside.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England said the application sites lies in an area of restraint and a new home would not be appropriate.

But Joanne Fitzsimons, district council planning officer, said the latest plan should not be compared with previous ones and would not set a precedent for further development.

She said: "The previous development proposals are not considered comparable as they were materially different in terms of site, size, scale, and mass and included open recreational space.

"As the application is materially different to previous ones and relates solely to an already developed site, I am of the opinion that this proposal would not set a precedent in terms of allowing further ribbon development."

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