Stoke & Staffordshire

Housing plan for Amington golf club in Tamworth

Amington Municipal Golf Course Image copyright Other
Image caption The course was opened in the 1970s and closed in October

A plan to build more than 1,000 homes on a golf course in Staffordshire has been submitted by a council.

The development would be on the former Amington Municipal Golf Course in Tamworth, which closed in October.

Tamworth Borough Council's plan also includes a new primary school, an extension to Hodge Lane Local Nature Reserve and community woodland.

If the plans are approved, 42% of the 60 acre site would be "green open space", the council said.

The Amington Residents Association staged a protest when the course closed over fears it would be turned into housing.

Chairwoman Helen Portman said: "The council has no money and wants to sell this land - the last piece of green this side of Tamworth."

But Steve Claymore, from the council, said the development would bring "many benefits for Tamworth, including more housing choice, new jobs and capital to invest in facilities, services to improve health and wellbeing and enhance other parts of the town."

The 18-hole course was opened in the 1970s and was originally council-run.

The private firm that took it on in 2006 went into liquidation in 2013.

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