Hundreds oppose plans to build homes on Brizen Farm
"PLEASE don't do this," is one person's simple plea, spoken on behalf of more than 300 people united against plans to build 175 homes on greenbelt land.
A bid to build on protected land at Brizen Farm, just off Shurdington Lane, was lodged in April this year.
And with public consultation due to come to a close in the coming months, the number of comments submitted currently stands at 320 – with all but three against the plans.
The planning application, which will eventually be debated by councillors in Tewkesbury, seeks outline permission to build 175 homes, associated parking, new access onto the A46 and public open space.
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One of the emails sent to the borough council expressing anger at the plans states: "Once again developers
trying to build on greenbelt land. This area already floods, the traffic is horrendously busy and the schools cannot cope.
"This is a Tewkesbury application which will
affect Cheltenham residents. Please don't do this."
Meanwhile, another states: "The area to be developed is part of the greenbelt.
"Development would cause further traffic congestion and pollution and impact on the already oversubscribed schools."
Developers tried to build houses on the land before, but that bid was halted.
Kit Braunholtz, chairman of Leckhampton Green Land Action Group (Leglag), has been leading the fight against the latest move.
"Leglag is just about to put in its final objections," he said. "The main point is that it is greenbelt land and it is premature to apply to build there until the local plans are ready.
"There is also the factor of increased traffic using the Shurdington Road, which would be serious.
"It would also damage the visual environment. It should not be applied for at this time.
"Our points are pretty strong and I think TBC will agree with us and turn it down. It is a ridiculous place to build houses."