Support the Greenfields Community Group, Shrewsbury to take our case to The Supreme Court to save Greenfields Recreation Ground from housing development!
The sale of public land and public assets is a national issue, and many communities are losing prized and valuable open space for private development.
Public land was never intended to be sold.
Greenfields Community Group has been involved in a 4-year legal battle with Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council over the disposal of part of its recreation land for housing. The case has now been granted permission to appeal to The Supreme Court for a hearing in December 2022. We hope that the result will change the law regarding the sale of public land and assets by Councils.
Our case is an historic and unique opportunity to halt the development of public open space, recreation grounds and parks, land held in trust by a Local Authority (the custodians of those spaces), for any other use than that intended. The health and well-being of local communities are dependent on access to recreation and open space.
Greenfields Community Group now needs to raise substantially more funds -alongside our local fundraising - to continue our battle to retain this public open space for the community. We are a small, dedicated group and have relied solely on donations and public fundraising to pay for our lengthy legal challenge.
Our case is significant and may create a legal precedent in establishing whether a Local Authority has the right to develop land that has been held in trust as public open space for community use.