Residents in Weston start campaign to protect land earmarked for housing development
A campaign to get village green status for a plot of land earmarked for housing has been launched by a group of Bath residents.
People living in Weston have started the ball rolling on the application for the field behind Purlewent Drive, near to Primrose Hill.
It follows Bath and North East Somerset Council’s decision to include the land in its core strategy, the planning blueprint for the next 16 years.
The local authority is estimating that around 300 homes will need to be built on the site.
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A spokesman for the campaign group said they were determined to protect the land.
He said: “The field has been used for more than 50 years by local residents ever since the estate was built for all kinds of recreation including dog-walking, jogging, hiking and kite flying and has been particularly enjoyed by the local children for sledging in the snow.
“Residents are distraught at the possibility of losing this recreational land.”
However the group has limited time to submit its application because the Government’s Growth and Infrastructure Bill is due to be passed in the next few weeks.
This will mean that village green status cannot be allocated to land which has been earmarked for development, even on a draft plan.
The spokesman urged people living in Weston to get in touch if they wanted to be part of the campaign.
He added: “The request for town and village green status will need to include statements from local residents confirming that the field has been used for recreational purposes for the last 20 years.”
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