Marlborough College in legal battle over developing land

A legal fight has broken out between one of the region's most exclusive private schools and a small community over a plot of land in Wiltshire.

Marlborough College has made plans to develop College Green but residents in the town want to turn it into a village green instead.

They say it's vital to keep the space open for the community. Debi Evans who is campaigning against the development of the land says it's a vital space for dog-walkers, children playing and football clubs.

Another campaigner - Paul Rogers - said it was important the community was listened to despite the college's reputation.

The fields which have become something of a battleground belong to the college which owns most of the fields in the area.

Marlborough College is 170 years old and has taught the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie and Samantha Cameron.

It's a big landowner and in the past has sold off parts of its estate for housing. The school released a statement saying it welcomed the appointment of an independent planning inspector and would have informal talks with residents.

Those talks are almost certain to get formal later this year when the planning inspector will decide on the future of the land.

Marlborough College has said it is looking forward to informal talks with the community. Credit: PA Images