A PACKED public meeting saw residents of a Solihull village oppose plans to build a Golf Academy with up to 100 houses on Green Belt land.
Around 150 residents from Cheswick Green attended a local parish council debate last week in which proposals from Shirley Golf Club to create an academy with new road access and housing were mooted.
Locals say they are concerned that plans to link the club site with Creynolds Lane would lead to increased traffic congestion.
Cheswick Green Parish Council Chairman, Chris Noble, said: “It was very encouraging to see so many people turn up. There is a strong suspicion that Green Belt is being offered for sale for housing to pay for a Golf Academy on an adjacent site and to benefit the golf club during the current recession.
“I believe that the current entrance is more than adequate to meet the requirements of the academy.
“It is wider and easier to access than other commercial premises on the Stratford Road which have more visitors than the golf club.”
But the chairman of Shirley Golf Club Steven Goldstein said: “Our plans will be for affordable housing - Solihull has a need for housing and it can’t all be in the north -and the academy is supported by Sports England.”
A decision is due by September 16.