Redrow accused of "cynical" tactic to try and build on playing field
DEVELOPERS have been accused of a "cynical" tactic to try and build homes on a playing field.
House builder Redrow will meet Gloucester MP Richard Graham to discuss his concerns over its plans for the former Civil Service playing field between Denmark Road and Estcourt Road.
It snapped up the freehold for £10,000 almost two years ago but the pitches are covered in long grass and weeds, and the ageing clubhouse has been flattened.
"They know I have strong views about what I consider is a very cynical policy because I have not yet seen any evidence that they intend to continue sporting activity, and by flattening the clubhouse and allowing the grass to grow means it's pretty well impossible to use it for sport," said Mr Graham.
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He said building houses on the tennis courts would be something that he did not expect to be opposed, however.
City council leader Paul James, and ward member Jeremy Hilton told The Citizen they both want the land to be preserved for leisure use.
Redrow South West planning director Keith Annis said: "Having been made aware of some of Richard Graham's concerns, we will be meeting with him shortly to see how we can find a positive way forward.
"However, without allowing the housing development to proceed on part of the site, nothing will happen with the land and it will remain unused."