Hands off Trowbridge playground, say furious families

Paul Adams with other residents at the old tennis courts in Clarendon Road, where a development is proposed

Paul Adams with other residents at the old tennis courts in Clarendon Road, where a development is proposed

First published in Trowbridge

Families in Trowbridge are fuming after a planning application was submitted to build on former tennis courts used as a playground by children for many years.

The circle, as it is referred to by residents, is regularly used by children in Clarendon Road, as well as those in nearby Green Lane and Paxcroft Way, and residents have joined forces to object to the proposals for two four-bedroom detached homes.

A previous planning application was submitted for two homes in 2000, but was refused by Wiltshire Council’s planning committee to prevent the loss of an important piece of amenity and recreation land.

The land, last used as tennis courts in the 1940s, was designated as recreational space in the adopted Local Plan, but that was then replaced by policies in the Leisure and Recreation Development Plan Document in 2009. The latest application is by Ashford Homes South West, which has bought the land.

Resident Paul Adams said: “It was a protected piece of land after the last application, but the planning laws have changed which means it is exposed to the threat of planning proposals.

“It is a lovely piece of green space that is used every day by children and it is a community space that people feel very strongly about.

We are now trying to get as many objections in as possible before the closing date on Tuesday.”

The planning design and access statement states that any previous formal recreational use of the site is no longer relevant in terms of claiming recreational protection. It adds that the current value of the application site is only its contribution in terms of visual amenity.

Barbara Pickard, 87, who has lived in the road for 14 years, said: “It’s such a calm area and the children have played on it for years. If they put houses there it will be completely out of keeping with the area.”

Another resident, Lyn Baron, said: “The residents of the road just love this area. It is our little piece of green haven. Over the years we have tried to maintain it as best we could and broke many lawn mowers in the process.

“It is not a huge space, but it is important to us.”

Trowbridge Town Council recently objected to the proposals, which include a below ground attenuation tank, as it would be a “clear loss of a longstanding recreation and amenity area”.

Ashford Homes South West says it will not comment until after a decision has been made.

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4:23pm Fri 30 May 14

New 2 Trow says...

"It’s such a calm area and the children have played on it for years. If they put houses there it will be completely out of keeping with the area.”

Houses in a residential area? So out of keeping, how dare they?!!
"It’s such a calm area and the children have played on it for years. If they put houses there it will be completely out of keeping with the area.” Houses in a residential area? So out of keeping, how dare they?!! New 2 Trow
  • Score: 10

10:34pm Fri 30 May 14

vox sanitatem says...

At least this will give the residents of the area something else to do, after seeing off the "menace" of mentally ill people invading their piece of paradise.

Now they can go in their sheds and make some more silly banners and signs to adorn the neighbourhood!!
At least this will give the residents of the area something else to do, after seeing off the "menace" of mentally ill people invading their piece of paradise. Now they can go in their sheds and make some more silly banners and signs to adorn the neighbourhood!! vox sanitatem
  • Score: 9

1:14pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Trobeman says...

Well done residents! Too much green space is being filled with bland modern housing, complete with postage stamp sized gardens. The above comments sound like they come fresh from the developers themselves..
Well done residents! Too much green space is being filled with bland modern housing, complete with postage stamp sized gardens. The above comments sound like they come fresh from the developers themselves.. Trobeman
  • Score: 6

1:31pm Mon 2 Jun 14

vox sanitatem says...

Trobeman wrote:
Well done residents! Too much green space is being filled with bland modern housing, complete with postage stamp sized gardens. The above comments sound like they come fresh from the developers themselves..
Not really,

My comments come from someone who was born, raised and has lived in the town for 50+ years, and who has seen this kind of thing happen so often that all I do now is sit back and laugh at the futility of protests ike this.
[quote][p][bold]Trobeman[/bold] wrote: Well done residents! Too much green space is being filled with bland modern housing, complete with postage stamp sized gardens. The above comments sound like they come fresh from the developers themselves..[/p][/quote]Not really, My comments come from someone who was born, raised and has lived in the town for 50+ years, and who has seen this kind of thing happen so often that all I do now is sit back and laugh at the futility of protests ike this. vox sanitatem
  • Score: 3

8:36pm Mon 2 Jun 14

New 2 Trow says...

If ash ford owns the land then presumably they could fence it off and stop anyone using it at all. If the community wants it why don't they buy it?
If ash ford owns the land then presumably they could fence it off and stop anyone using it at all. If the community wants it why don't they buy it? New 2 Trow
  • Score: 10

12:47am Tue 3 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Trobeman wrote:
Well done residents! Too much green space is being filled with bland modern housing, complete with postage stamp sized gardens. The above comments sound like they come fresh from the developers themselves..
Would it be ok if the housing wasn't so bland?
[quote][p][bold]Trobeman[/bold] wrote: Well done residents! Too much green space is being filled with bland modern housing, complete with postage stamp sized gardens. The above comments sound like they come fresh from the developers themselves..[/p][/quote]Would it be ok if the housing wasn't so bland? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 5

7:57am Thu 5 Jun 14

vox sanitatem says...

@Trobeman

And this really makes me laugh:-
http://services.wilt
shire.gov.uk/UniDoc/
Document/File/MTQvMD
Q0NjkvRlVMLDUwMjYyNA
==

If the residents cared so much for it they should have put their money where their mouths are and purchased it!
@Trobeman And this really makes me laugh:- http://services.wilt shire.gov.uk/UniDoc/ Document/File/MTQvMD Q0NjkvRlVMLDUwMjYyNA == If the residents cared so much for it they should have put their money where their mouths are and purchased it! vox sanitatem
  • Score: 9

9:13pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Lazurini says...

vox sanitatem wrote:
@Trobeman

And this really makes me laugh:-
http://services.wilt

shire.gov.uk/UniDoc/

Document/File/MTQvMD

Q0NjkvRlVMLDUwMjYyNA

==

If the residents cared so much for it they should have put their money where their mouths are and purchased it!
It has never been offered to local residents for sale. It was sold without their knowledge. We'd gladly buy in now if that was an option.
[quote][p][bold]vox sanitatem[/bold] wrote: @Trobeman And this really makes me laugh:- http://services.wilt shire.gov.uk/UniDoc/ Document/File/MTQvMD Q0NjkvRlVMLDUwMjYyNA == If the residents cared so much for it they should have put their money where their mouths are and purchased it![/p][/quote]It has never been offered to local residents for sale. It was sold without their knowledge. We'd gladly buy in now if that was an option. Lazurini
  • Score: 6

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