Co-op challenges preservation bid

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Rugby’s Oakfield Park owners challenge preservation bid

THE OWNERS of Oakfield Park have challenged residents’ attempts to have the under-threat recreation ground preserved as a public space.

The Heart of England Co-op, which wants to build 62 homes at the site, has objected to campaign group Save Oakfield’s application to Warwickshire County Council (WCC) for the park to be recognised as a Town Green – which would legally protect it if successful.

The Co-Op’s objection challenges whether the Bilton Road recreation ground has been accessed ‘as of right’ – a legal term which means ‘without force, secrecy or permission’ – in the last twenty years.

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