3 February 2019


Developers Satnam recently submitted a planning application (18/01520/OUT) to build 250 houses on Freeman's Wood, between Coronation Field and Freeman's Pools Nature Reserve in Marsh Ward.

Green ward councillor Jon Barry said: "I will fight tooth and nail to stop Freeman's Wood from being turned into a housing estate. It is rich in wildlife and has been well-used by local people for decades, for dog-walking, bird-watching and other kinds of informal recreation. It should remain as a 'green lung' for the Marsh".

The 'Friends of Freeman's Wood' community group which was set up by Green Councillors back in 2004, is leading the campaign to oppose the planning application. They are also trying to get the land designated as a 'Town Green', which would protect it from development. They have organised a public meeting on Tuesday 26 February at 7.30pm in Hornets Function Room (behind the Willow Lane Spar shop), and will deliver thousands of leaflets in the next 2-3 weeks, explaining how people can help to save Freeman's Wood. 

The group has launched a 
crowdfunder to pay for expert legal advice on the Town Green bid. Please chip in if you can.

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