A developer who wants to squeeze four homes onto old railway allotments has been told that he must still move slow worms thought to live on the site – and warned he could be breaking the law by clearing it.
A very comprehensive summary of the current situation can be found here.
Many thanks to the Round Hill Society for the research and background.
At the January Drara meeting residents expressed concern at the clearance of former Old Railway allotments – the stretch of land sandwiched between the Open House pub and London Road Station.…
Source: Old Railway Allotment Clearance & Petition to save London Road Station Slow worms
The disused allotments between the railway line and the Open House and several adjoining houses are in process of being cleared of trees preparatory to the building of four houses, the wall separating the land from the station bridge has also been partially demolished for access.
The land was recently sold at auction with planning permission, which had been renewed after lapsing.
Our local councillors, Julie Cattell and Leo Littman, have been in touch with the council to investigate whether the pre-commencement conditions have been complied with.
The site has legitimate planning permission and the breach of the wall is not a planning matter but an issue between the owner of the wall and the developer.
Concerned residents can contact Julie Cattell, who has regular meetings with the head of planning and team leaders, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SRRA provides a forum where residents can come together to work collaboratively over local concerns. Our next meeting is on Saturday 21st January at 10 am at the One Church.