THE rejection of plans to build 33 houses on the corner of a golf course is being appealed.

Swindon Borough Council has rejected an application hoping to create a small housing estate on Wrag Barn in Highworth – so developers are fighting the move.

Bewley Homes Ltd hopes to overturn this refusal for the new accommodation, which would also add internal roads, driveways, public open spaces, landscaping and other infrastructure associated with the Shrivenham Road site.

The hearing will take place at the Borough Council office on Euclid Street on August 24 starting at 10 a.m.

Anyone wishing to attend as an observer or take an active part in discussions at the hearing, at the discretion of the inspector, should contact council case officer Sarah Smith on 01793 466292 by August 4.

Documents related to the appeal can be viewed on the council’s planning website – search request reference S/21/0015.

The borough refused the plans because the accommodation would be outside the boundaries of the Highworth settlement and would be separate from the “built form of the town”.

The planning committee was unimpressed with the “poor design” of the accommodation and felt it was too far from services and facilities that residents could only access by car.

A set of infrastructure to mitigate the impact of the development had not been obtained by the developers through a planning obligation to meet the infrastructure needs arising from the development.

The local authority suggested that the assessment and assessment of potential archaeological interest at the site that had been carried out was inadequate and that little information had been submitted by Bewley Homes on the net biodiversity gain that could occur there. be realized.

Highworth Town Council had similar concerns and recommended that the plans be turned down.

The Manners family built and manages the golf club and has partnered with the homebuilder to create the properties which, depending on demand, will be essential to maintaining the financial viability of the course.

The application stated: “Since the inception of the Wrag Barn Golf Club, the need to diversify the business has been relevant, to secure additional sources of revenue to help support the wider club facilities.

“Revenue generated from the sale of the land will help support the improvement of existing facilities, including but not limited to paving of car parks, drainage of the new course, irrigation of the new course and installation of high-level golf.”