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Show your support for campaign to protect the Neatherd Moor

PUBLISHED: 06:11 16 November 2017

Locals are protesting about proposed plans to build 62 new homes at Neatherd Moor in Dereham. Pictured are (from left) Marie Horne, Sharon Cavill, David Smith, Julie Walmsley, Roger Hollett and Paul Walmsley. Picture: Ian Burt

Locals are protesting about proposed plans to build 62 new homes at Neatherd Moor in Dereham. Pictured are (from left) Marie Horne, Sharon Cavill, David Smith, Julie Walmsley, Roger Hollett and Paul Walmsley. Picture: Ian Burt

Campaigners fighting plans to build homes next to a Dereham beauty spot are calling on people to show the strength of feeling against the development at a planning meeting on Monday.

The oak tree which Taylor Wimpey wants to remove to create a new access road onto a development of a further 62 homes at Etling View The oak tree which Taylor Wimpey wants to remove to create a new access road onto a development of a further 62 homes at Etling View

Thought to be the most controversial application in Dereham’s planning history Taylor Wimpey’s application to build 62 homes at Etling View West, land directly beside the Neatherd Moor, is recommended for approval by Breckland Council.

But the development, an extension of the Taylor Wimpey site at Etling View, has been widely opposed both by the town council, consulted organisations and local residents.

They are concerned about visual impact on the Moor which was designated as a County Wildlife Site in 2013 and is recognised as one of the most valuable nature habitats in Norfolk.

They also fear further sewage flooding as the town’s network is currently at capacity and the impact on infrastructure, such as roads, schools and doctors’ surgeries.

The oak tree, at number 1, which Taylor Wimpey wants to remove to create a new access road onto a development of a further 62 homes at Etling View The oak tree, at number 1, which Taylor Wimpey wants to remove to create a new access road onto a development of a further 62 homes at Etling View

Surface water flooding is already damaging the historic Shillings Lane that runs to the back of the proposed site, they say, making it often impassable.

The Woodland Trust has expressed its concern at a number of mature trees expected to be felled, particularly a veteran oak tree it describes as of “real significance” adding “veteran trees are irreplaceable and cannot be recreated”.

Campaign group Save The Neatherd Moor was set up in response to concerns and its spokesman Paul Walmsley is urging people to attend the meeting in numbers.

“We need people to show our councillors that we want them to protect the Neatherd from development, not just for ourselves, but for our future generations,” he said.

District councillor Alison Webb said she will be objecting to the plans at the meeting.

“I am very angry that Taylor Wimpey is choosing to fell a tree with a preservation order to make its access route,” she said. “Sewage remains an issue as the strategy to pipe it to Swanton Morley has not delivered yet and people are still contacting me with concerns about impact on the Neatherd Moor and its wildlife.”

The planning meeting starts at 9.30am in the Anglia Room at the Elizabeth House council offices.

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