Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:03
At our last Parish Council meeting a bloke presented a housing scheme. It's to go on land owned by a brewery. 12 houses. The land is basically an old field between the pub and the side of my house. There is a very unusual listed building at one end of the field; thought to be a very very old village bowling alley, but it just looks like a small old long barn.
One half of the field is currently used informerly as somewhere for kids to play while their parents are in the pub. It is also used once a year for a steam engine rally; miniature ones. Lasts about three days.
The field is a haven for wildlife. Birds galore. There is a lovely thick hedgerow down both sides. A couple of huge Apple trees on it too.
It would be so sad to see it get built on. A planning application is yet to be submitted so I want to start building a case against it in advance. Has anyone ever done this with any success? If so, any tips?
From what I've read, there is a presumption in favour of new development in the UK so I fear it's going to be a struggle.
The village has already seen so much new housing development in the last few years. Feels like it's turning into a small town. Amenities are really stretched as it is. Three weeks to see the doctor, drains flooding from not being able to cope with the capacity, lots more traffic etc etc.