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We have objected to plans by Walton Heath Golf Club to use part of Walton Heath Common, in Surrey, as a ‘golf-practice facility’. The golf club has submitted a planning application to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.
The land is registered common land and the public has the right to walk and ride here. We believe that the development will conflict both with the rural nature of the area and with the public’s use and enjoyment of the common.
We understand that in this case there are plans to provide common land in exchange, but that it is some distance away and therefore not a fair swap. The Open Spaces Society is consulted on all exchange applications and we shall urge the environment secretary to reject this one.
We believe that the integrity of this important common must be maintained; we shall oppose moves to develop and fragment it. It is of vital importance for public enjoyment being so close to centres of population.