Wiltshire

Appeal over Yatton Keynell golf course

Some people living near the proposed site of an 18-hole golf course in a Wiltshire village have expressed their concerns.

An appeal is under way after proposals for the course at Yatton Keynell were turned down by Wiltshire Council.

Some local residents have objected to the proposed use of waste material to create the course.

Supporters of the scheme include Sport England, which said more people would be given the chance to play.

Mike Bessell, director of the developer Keep Future Leisure Ltd and co-owner of the Golf Academy in the village said: "We need to bring in inert material to create the shapes that are necessary.

"It is sub-soils - there is nothing contaminated, no household waste."

'Routing plan'

He said the land was poor quality and could be returned to its existing use as grazing if the course were no longer in use.

Residents have said there would be about 23,000 lorry movements in two years to transport the sub-soil.

Mr Bessell said there was a routing plan in place as a condition of the application which meant that no lorries would pass through the village.

Alex McCracken, from Chippenham Without Parish Council, said the primary concerns were there was no way of checking the type of waste, and illegal fly-tipping.

Local resident Will Lawton said lorry drivers could be diverted through the village by sat-nav systems.

A three-day planning inquiry took place earlier and is due to resume on 8 and 9 July.

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