I really hope you and the villagers can fight this Chilli. I'm only guessing but would the Countryside Alliance be of any use to you?
I hadn't thought of them.....good call Penners......might be worth a call and an email. I have made contact with CPRE - Campaign to Protect Rural England. One of their local reps has even stood up at public meetings with the council and put forward our opinions about excessive development......but the new National Planning Policy Framework that the Government has introduced seems to be giving developers the opportunity to concrete over green field so long as they can meet some relatively weak targets to show it is sustainable.
ChristianBecker wrote:Chili, that sounds like a shedload of new homes in your vicinity. Aren't there some nearly extinct species around that could help keeping the green fields green fields?
I wish it was that simple Christian. I've been researching this with a couple of other villagers. It seems our wildlike protection laws are also made of loopholes. There is a relatively small list of specicies where the law demands that their surrounding habitat is protected. Most 'protected species' are only protected to stop developers actually killing them. So long as they are moved from site in the correct manner or 'corridors' of grass are left through the development to allow them to move to neighbouring sites themselves, there's not much you can do. We have bats, adders and a few other different species on the sites, but none of these will prevent building.
A number of us have also been badgering the local MP. He can't stop the development, that's down to the local council. But we have been telling him that his government has cocked up the planning laws badly. We have got to the point that he has now raised our corncerns in a debate on planning law in Parliament. But the wheels of government move so slowly (if at all) and it could take years to ever get these laws changed - which will be too late for our village.
You can probably tell how wound up I am by this
If the bulldozers move in, I am fully intending to be chained to them if I have to.......and I'll make sure we have some press in attendance if if comes to that