Councillors withdraw the right to build on Wymondham’s Kings Head Meadow

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 September 2012

It was a battle which lasted nearly a year but campaigners tasted victory this week as councillors agreed to withdraw the right to be able to build on Wymondham’s Kings Head Meadow.

Wymondham Town Council agreed to carry out a review and, if suitable, apply for legal protection for the meadow. They also agreed to withdraw the right to build on the land.

The council’s leisure and environment committee meeting, which was held in Fairland Hall on Tuesday, heard that around 300 people attended the public consultation about the future of Kings Head Meadow on September 8.

The results of a questionnaire, which was completed by more than 200 people, showed that 77pc of respondents wanted to have the Queen Elizabeth II field status, which means the meadow will be protected as a recreational space. More than 1,300 outdoor spaces have been nominated for protection.

Kings Head Meadow has been at the centre of a long-running row between the town council and the Wymondham Asks Why residents’ action group over plans to sell the land to Asda, which were subsequently dropped.

In August, a proposal by town councillor Colin Foulger for a feasibility study to look into building new town council offices was also dropped following a heated public meeting.

The Queen Elizabeth II field status will be discussed at the next full council meeting which will be held at Fairland Hall on Tuesday, October 2.

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