More than 100 people have objected to plans to redevelop a nine-hole golf course for a driving range, eight all-weather football pitches and a lake.

Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee has been recommended to approve the plans by Twigmarket which operates Broome Manor Golf Course, at its October 11 meeting.

It will mean a new location for an adventure golf course, a new pitch for a game called pentaque and an aerial rope course. The new driving range will have three storeys including a raised external terrace and there will heightened fencing of up to 50m in places to prevent golf balls straying.

The total 137 objections covered wide-ranging concerns. The key ones are the loss of the nine-hole course and many dispute Twigmarket’s suggestion that the game is in decline.

Swindon MP Robert Buckland is one of the opponents. In his objection he states: “I am concerned that the loss of the nine-hole golfing option would have an extremely detrimental effect on a large user group and does not promote inclusion.”

An online petition with 1,417 names and a paper petition with 201 have also been presented in opposition.

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