350 homes plan threatens wildlife

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A RESIDENT of Brackley has expressed his fear at the loss of a natural open space following a proposal for 350 homes in field south of Turweston Road.

Last month South Northants Council received an outline planning application for the development of the 14 hectare site confined by the Turweston Road, the A43, and the disused railway embankment.

Town centre resident Colin Parry is a member of the Wildlife Trust and said the area is one of a few remaining natural open spaces in the town.

At night he has observed bats and numerous badger sets at the site, and is also noticing more wild flowers seeded by flowers on the disused railway embankment which is a designated area for wildlife.

Mr Parry added: “You’ve got a really good food chain down their, its really good scrub land. You’re starting to get more wildlife, insects which encourage birds of prey, and there are not many natural spaces for birds to prey to hunt as much of the area around here is ploughed fields.”

Mr Parry believes with Radstone Fields, the Sawmills development, and the industrial development due for the field north of Turweston Road, the town is being over developed and in danger of losing all of its natural open spaces.

Mr Parry said in addition to the potential loss of wildlife close to the town centre the development would also take away an area used by dog walkers and a place which children enjoy exploring.

In statement from Brian Barber Associates on behalf of the developer, Mr T Brown from Potcote, they said the development was a logical extension to the town and after the scrapping of the regional targets on new housing it would help meet a short fall in the district.

The statement said: “The application site occupies a highly sustainable location with easy, convenient access to a number of existing and proposed employment area as well as the town centre.

“The development of the site will provide a sustainable extension to the town, assisting in meeting the short term housing growth in a manner which is sustainable but which also has a very limited impact on the wider area.”