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Residents to Protect Butt Lane Wildlife

Residents are set to oppose a Taylor Wimpey Development of 171 dwellings at the rear of Church Street, West Avenue.  Following a public residents meeting on Monday 16th June, residents angrily rejected claims that the Butt Lane area could take more houses without the proper highway surveys taking place on Congleton Road, Linley Road and local side streets.  Local campaigners are now in the process of putting together a petition to ensure Staffordshire County Council Highways take on board resident concerns and carry out a full and thorough road traffic survey of the local area.

In another turn of events, residents described how one third of the woodland on the site may be lost, despite Taylor Wimpey implying they would protect this space for furture generations to use.  The plans have been rigorously scrutinised and people have become alarmed.  The previous owner of the site applied for planning permission in 2011/2012 to which Natural England objected due to the badger sets and bat roosts in the woodland.  Pictures have now come to light of the badgers in the area regularly approaching the properties surrounding the site.  Dog walkers, cyclists and hikers visit the site daily and are vehemently opposed to any changes to the Woodland.  It was pointed out at the public meeting that more green space will be lost when there is still a significant amount of brownfield sites in the area.

Over 60 residents are now opposed to the site being developed in the current circumstances.  Local Councillors will keep you up to date regarding the status of the application, once it has been submitted to Newcastle Borough Council.  Below are photographs of the site set to be developed including the Woodland that Taylor Wimpey promised to protect during their consultation.  Thank you to S Williams for providing the majority of photographs.