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Golf club slams Rutland County Council over lack of consultation over plans to build 3000 homes St George's Barracks site

Proposals to build a 3000-home garden village on the site of St George's Barracks have drawn the ire of North Luffenham Golf Club, which claims it was not consulted at any stage about proposals to build homes on its course.

One of the leaseholders of the course, Helen Wood, said: "We were invited to meetings right from the beginning of the process, and at the very first meeting, my husband Andy, asked what the development would mean for the future of the golf course.

"We were informed that because it is an established leisure facility it would likely stay.

"We never received any written guarantees that the course would be safe, but it was implied that it would be.

"We were under the impression that the golf course would be incorporated into the development, and it was only when the plans were publicly unveiled that we realised that was not the case.

"It was a huge shock seeing the plans in the Mercury. The club has existed for 40 years and now they are proposing to build homes on it. If we had known this was the case we wouldn't have extended the lease."

Club president Malcolm Hird said: "We did not know anything the proposal to build homes on the site of our club until the plans were unveiled on May 11.

"I think it is terrible for the club to have to find out about its future in such a manner. The whole thing is a mess. I would have thought somebody from Rutland County Council would have come to the club and informed us about the plans.

"The whole way this has been managed has left a very sour taste. Many of our members are elderly, and for some of them this is the only exercise they get. I think this decision will force them to hang up their clubs."

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