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Yew Tree Hill campaigners call for support
11:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Local
CAMPAIGNERS against plans to build 765 homes in the Yew Tree Hill area of Droitwich Spa have issued a rallying call for support.
Members of Save Our Green Open Spaces (SOGOS) have arranged a public meeting so that residents can hear how they can help the cause.
The meeting will be held at St Andrew’s Church at 7pm on Wednesday, November 6 - the same day the first stage of a public inquiry into the matter is due to get underway at the town’s Chateau Impney Hotel.
The hotel will be hosting a pre-inquiry meeting ahead of the main inquiry taking place next year.
It comes after developers appealed the decision by Wychavon District Council to reject two applications for 765 homes and a 200 unit care facility to the south of the town.
The proposals are by Barberry Droitwich Ltd for 500 homes and a care facility and from Persimmon Homes Ltd for 265 homes, all at land north of Pulley Lane and Newland Lane.
The rallying call from campaigners comes after the Advertiser revealed news last week that developers had moved to resubmit the exact same application to Wychavon District Council.
It is a move they claim offers the council an escape route from the appeal process - and a potential £500,000 bill should the authority lose.
However, campaigners are now calling for one last effort in their long-running battle to defeat the developers.
Ward councillors Ken Jennings and Richard Morris will be joining forces with SOGOS to stage the meeting.
Planning officers from Wychavon District Council will outline the appeal process and the vital part that Droitwich residents can play.
An update will also be given on progress with the South Worcestershire Development Plan, which could hold the key to the appeal’s outcome “We need a strong turnout by local residents,” said Coun Morris. “SOGOS have organised a very effective campaign over several years. We are now reaching the end of the process and need the help of the public one last time.”
“This appeal will be the last hurdle in our fight to save Yew Tree Hill from the bulldozers,” said Coun Ken Jennings.
Steve Sparrow, from SOGOS, added: “The public will have a vital role to play at the planning appeal. We need to organise a big petition to present to the inspector at the opening of the appeal in January to show the strength of public opinion in Droitwich.
“The public can sign our online petition at saveyewtreehill.org.uk and visit our facebook page ‘Droitwich-unite-against-Yew-Tree-Village’.”
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