A GROUP of Tadley residents has launched a campaign to save local areas of natural beauty.
Planning permission is being considered for the development of a plot of land for “up to 90” affordable homes on a site leading to a quiet cul-de-sac of only twelve homes on Deanswood Road, to the west. from the city.
At a Tadley City Council planning meeting on Monday, July 26, local residents came out in force to voice their protests to local town councilors and to ensure borough councilors were made aware of opposition to the project, which is proposed on land owned by Bishopswood. Golf course, between Tadley and Baughurst.
Residents say their quiet residential neighborhood would be totally transformed by the development, and there are also concerns about the environmental impact, flooding, loss of wildlife habitat, loss of protected trees, and noise and increased noise. traffic being the main concerns.
Residents presented these concerns, also highlighting the pressure on local schools, general practitioners and leisure facilities.
Meanwhile, in the same part of town, there was a campaign to seek tree preservation orders on a variety of mature trees after 10 trees were removed in the space of nine months.
A successful campaign in late 2020 saved a mature oak tree from destruction in New Road in the city, but since then more trees have been felled.
Residents Andrew Abbott and Carol Monaghan have asked Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to protect other trees, especially the historic Guttridge Lane Oaks, but say all of their attempts have so far been rejected.
Carol told The Gazette: “The council has declared a climate emergency, but sees fit to allow tree cutting at the ‘request’ of insurance companies.
“In this time of environmental and climate emergency, we must do all we can to protect the trees we have and work for the good of all of our residents, protecting the natural environment for all in the future. ”
Residents are asking council to save the remaining oak trees and have called for a more open discussion regarding the local environment.
Their petition has so far collected over 500 signatures and can be viewed at: http://chng.it/hNCzzz8s
Carol added that residents concerned about the two issues “will work closely together to protect the city’s endangered environment.”
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been contacted for comment.