Bid to keep access open to Urchfont woodland
2:00pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
WILTSHIRE Council has applied for planning permission to secure public access to Oakfrith Wood in Urchfont.
The council sold Urchfont Manor, which it ran as an adult education college until last September, earlier this year to Eleanor Jones and Christopher Legg, from London, for more than £2.7m.
Oakfrith Wood, the cricket ground and play area are part of the Urchfont Manor estate.
Wiltshire Council has now applied for permission to create a path, amenity area and pedestrian access from Crookwood Lane to Oakfrith Wood.
The planning application states pedestrian access to Oakfrith Wood is provided by permission of the owner of Urchfont Manor and a farmer, but residents were concerned this could be withdrawn at any time.
It states: “This application relates to providing a permanent route of access to the recreation ground and onto Oakfrith Wood. Fences have been proposed to give privacy to occupiers of Crookwood House and Poynings.”
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