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Campaign Against Building On Ancient Whitby Woodland

Campaign Against Building On Ancient Whitby Woodland

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:02am 7th February 2017.

A campaign has started against the building of 200 holiday homes in ancient woodland near Whitby.

If the work goes ahead, 4 hectares (10 acres) of ancient woodland will be destroyed according to the Woodland Trust Campaign. 

The campaign to object against the proposals has so far accumulated 1,800 signatures.

The applicants behind the development are Yorkshire Ventures (Estates) Ltd. They already own neighbouring hotel Raithwaite Hall. 

They're proposing to build 64 cottages, 72 apartments, 64 forest lodges, a restaurant, swimming pool, gym, tennis court, cafe, creche and a shop. 

Additional car parking, roads and footpaths including landscaping and ancillary works have also been put forward. 

According to the campaign, the wildlife most likely to breed on the site include five species of bat, red listed linnet and amber listed bullfinch. 

Woodland species include ash, poplar, field maple, lime and oak with an elder, hazel and hawthorn understorey. 

Ancient woodland indicator species found there include redcurrant, bluebell and honeysuckle. 

The woodland trust has onjected to the proposals that lie on the border of the North York Moors National Park and is calling for an Environment Impact Assessment to be carried out.

They are urging locals to do the same before the consultation being run by Scarborough Borough Council closes on Wednesday February 8.

Oliver Newham is a Woodland Trust Campaigner. He said:

“This is the worst application of its type that we have seen in some years and we’d urge everyone to write and object to it before the February 8 deadline.

It’s shocking that the Council have so far deemed an Environmental impact Assessment unnecessary when the scale of the development will undoubtedly have a huge impact on ancient woodland and wildlife.

This is yet another example of how planning policy is failing ancient woodland with developers either ignoring or being unaware of Government guidance that states the need to avoid this irreplaceable habitat.”

Scarborough Bouncil stated:

This application is being dealt with as per the normal planning process, which includes the ability for people to comment on the application via scarborough.gov.uk

 A date has not yet been set for when the application will be determined by our Planning and Development Committee.

For more information about the campaign click here.

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