I used to live in a smallish, spread out village. Over the last 10 year developers have been buying up bungalows and infilling/ replacing them with 5, 10, sometime more houses. Now my village, and the one next door, almost touch and it is difficult to call it a village anymore.
Now I've always objected to the council whenever one of these developments comes up at planning, but I don't have much faith in the planning system. Valid concerns such as lack of drainage (we are on heavy clay), surface water run off, lack of mains drainage, low water pressure, lack of school places, increase in traffic......the planners always seem to say that these aren't valid concerns and aren't part of the planning process - well what is then?
I heard yesterday that a developer is planning a large number of houses on a green field site that I overlook and that borders on woodland that I know, love and have walked in since I was a kid. There is a large strip of land/fields that runs behind a number of new developments where bungalows have been ripped down and 5/10 houses built. But this is green land. So I am asking for other suggestions to help fight the developers plans.
I know the residents in a close just along the road from me have put out a flyer to warn everyone, I have written to the local paper and emailed them and it looks as though they will be doing an editorial on this in a week or so. I have posted stuff on the dreaded FB to make people aware.
But how else can I get locals engaged enough to fight against this. I think there are a large number willing to do so already, but there's probably just as many who don't seem to want to get involved - if they don't overlook the houses, it seems it's not their problem. The trouble is, if they do this on one green field site, then I know of a number of other fields also earmarked for potential development and this will be the green light.
Any advice on how to approach this would be gratefully received.