Sunday, 17 May 2015

Fineshade Wood update...

Friends of Fineshade

Hello again

We are sure that you will all be pleased to know that the planning application for a campsite, carpark and toilet block in the field in front of Top Lodge has been withdrawn by the applicants. This happened on Thursday and letters were sent out by the council to those who had objected - you may well have received your letter today.

It really came as no surprise that the application failed 38 public comments had already been submitted - all of them objections. 11 statutory consultees had also commented raising objections or concerns. It clearly was not a very serious application and it was very, very similar to the glamping one that had been rejected before. Therefore, it may have been that the council's planning officer suggested that it was withdrawn.

This means that, over the past year, of the four predatory planning applications in Fineshade, two have been withdrawn and two have been rejected - and it's largely been down to you - the friends of Fineshade - who have given such amazing support.

However, we have to be realistic. It is unlikely that either the owners of the field at Top Lodge or Forest Holidays/Forestry Commission will have given up for good. They are highly likely to come back again with revised plans and we have to be ready.

That's why we are creating the website: If you haven't yet looked at it please
 let us know what you think. And we really would like you contribute to it. Also, if you're a social media person please follow/like on Twitter and Facebook.

But, it's another good night for Fineshade and we do hope you'll be as pleased as we are!

Thanks once again for your wonderful support.
Barrie and Tricia Galpin
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