Plans to build 257 houses on top of Reading Golf Club’s former home have been turned down.
Reading City Council’s Planning Committee deliberated on the proposal on Wednesday and all city councils voted against the proposal after more than an hour of debate.
The application, submitted by the club in collaboration with developer Fairfax, promised to deliver “family and affordable homes” to the property on Kidmore End Road in Emmer Green.
It received more than 3,000 objections and had been recommended for rejection by planning officers.
City councils said the loss of green space was a “tragedy” and feared that pollution and congestion would worsen.
Reading Golf Club merged with Caversham Heath Golf Club in Mapledurham earlier this year after years of losing money.
The club said it was “disappointed” with the decision, but not surprising given the officer’s recommendation.
The campaign group Keep Emmer Green, which has opposed the plans and proposed an arboretum as an alternative, welcomed the outcome of the meeting.
The club’s first application for 260 apartments, withdrawn in November, sparked more than 2,000 critical comments. The new application had three fewer homes but still included a medical center and plans to develop green spaces that are currently private land.
You can find the full story in next week’s Henley Standard.