Hello and Good News!
Last night the Development Control Committee of East Northants Council unanimously REFUSED the planning application for Glamping pods at Top Lodge. We have no doubt that their decision was influenced by the number and quality of objections that many of you submitted - a great team effort! The applicant did not attend to speak at the meeting and it seems unlikely that there would be any grounds for appeal... though they could always resubmit.
So that simplifies things. For the moment we can concentrate wholly on the Forest Holidays application. If you haven't submitted an objection yet details are below. If you are objecting because of the damage to wildlife there will be major and detailed objections from RSPB and the Wildlife Trust and it will be good to say that you support their views and conclusions. If you have already submitted an objection please can you get someone else to object too - before ? Objections are already flowing in but we really need more objections to this new application than we had last time.
Thanks once again for your invaluable support - we can't do it without you.
1) How to object
The new reference number for the application is 14/01704/FUL and it can be found online at
northamptonshire.gov.uk/ online-applications/ applicationDetails.do? activeTab=makeComment&keyVal= NBMT4XGO0A000
Objections can be made online, or simply emailed to planning@east-
Or by letter to Planning comments, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston NN14 4LZ.
All comments must include your name and address and the reference 14/01704/FUL. The consultation period ends on.
We suggest you also put very clearly at the top: Objection
Please also sign and share the petition "Forest Privatisation by the back door" . Over 600 signatures now.
3) Achievements so far
a) The Glamping Application has been defeated!
b) With Woodland Trust help, we forced Forest Holidays to withdraw from their original plans to build in the bluebell area
c) Forest Holidays were forced to withdraw from their first planned mitigation area
d) National publicity is building up e.g. articles in Private eye, social media (Twitter and Facebook), the petition