MORE THAN 400 people have signed a petition rallying against plans to build 265 new homes in green space in Springhead.
Russell Homes is proposing to build the high-quality family homes, including affordable housing, and a new link road in Thornley Brook Valley and Ashbrook Valley.
They presented the outline plans at a Public Exhibition on Thursday, July 20 but it is yet to be confirmed when a planning application might be submitted.
However, the plans have been met by concern and anger by many residents and councillors, who wish to save the area, some of which is ‘OPOL’ (other protected open land).
A ‘Save Our Valleys’ website and petition have been launched, along with a Just Giving page to raise £5,000 to fund marketing, legal representation, and surveys against the plans.
The website says: “This development will have a devastating effect on the wildlife, including badgers, bats, deer, owls and other birds, a negative impact on noise and air pollution, and the loss of a precious green area for recreation for the community of Lees, Springhead and Grotton.
“We believe if this development is allowed it will set a precedent for the wider area and will open up the flood gates to land grabbing and destruction of other green and open spaces across the UK.
“Any money unused will be put back into the community to benefit people and wildlife in the area.”
All are welcome at an action group meeting is being held by Save Our Valleys on Tuesday, August 1 at 7.30pm at Springhead Community Centre, Ashes Lane Springhead OL4 4PE.
They require people to volunteer on the night for activities including collecting number attended, collecting signatures for their petition, and bundling their contact cards. If you can help, please come early at around 7:15pm.