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Shepton campaigners fight to save Tadley Acres Green

By ruth_ovens_1  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

Shepton campaigners fight to save Tadley Acres Green

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CAMPAIGNERS will fight to stop a green field site in Shepton Mallet from being turned built over.

Determined residents formed an action group after speaking out at a town council meeting in a bid to protect Tadley Acres’ green space.

The registration of the land off Starling Way and Little Brooks Lane as a town green would prevent applications from potential developers.

Tadley Acres homeowner Joanna Matthew said: “Saving our green space is not just about the people who live here, it is about everyone who lives, plays, walks, jogs and cycles in and around our field.

“We are here today to explain the value of our precious green space.”

In a previous meeting, developer C G Fry and Son presented draft proposals for a residential development of 40 houses on the land which was once earmarked as the site for a new school.

As a reaction to this draft more than 35 people turned up to hear the town council’s opinion on whether or not the Local Green Space registration, which has a £1,000 application fee, would be possible.

In a discussion about the land, councillor Garfield Kennedy said: “We need to find a solution that prevents willy-nilly building on the land.”

He proposed the start of a working group which was seconded by councillor Jeanette Marsh.

The majority resolved to form the working group made up of councillors and residents, to find a solution to attempt to protect the land from development, with a working budget of no more than £1,000 from reserves.

Almost all the people who attended the meeting stayed and signed up to the action group.

Afterwards Tadley Acres residents Michael and Angela Smith said: “Tadley Acres’ attractions as an estate are a variety of styles and the provision of open spaces. There are a lot of young families in the area and the green provides a safe play area for the children.”

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