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Families urged to back campaign for Thorpe St Andrew woodlands

PUBLISHED: 09:57 10 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 December 2012

Demonstration to save Thorpe Woods in 2010.

Demonstration to save Thorpe Woods in 2010.

People are being urged to join two local councillors in making clear their opposition to ancient Thorpe St Andrew woodland being cleared for development.

Norfolk county councillors Ian Mackie (left) and Nigel Shaw (middle) with other local councillors at a demonstration to save Thorpe Woods in 2010. Norfolk county councillors Ian Mackie (left) and Nigel Shaw (middle) with other local councillors at a demonstration to save Thorpe Woods in 2010.

In July 2010 Thorpe Woods, a 200-acre woodland on the eastern fringe of Thorpe St Andrew, was under threat from a planning application from its owners, the Thorpe and Felthorpe Trust, for 800 homes to be built there.

The woods will form part of a growth consultation that will be published by Broadland District Council in March next year, which will consider which sites to the east of Norwich are suitable for housing and commercial development.

At the latest meeting of Thorpe St Andrew Town Council last Monday Ian Mackie, deputy mayor and county councillor for Thorpe, and town and county councillor for Woodside, Nigel Shaw, restated their public opposition to any moves to develop the woodlands.

They are once again backing the Friends of Thorpe Woodlands campaign group, ahead of the growth consultation.

Mr Mackie said: “These woodlands provide a vital green lung and are home to hundreds of species of wildlife.

“In addition, they are home to ancient woodlands, once part of a wedge of woods and heath which stretched from Thorpe to Mousehold Heath.

“This area is reputed to have been home to Robert Kett during his fight for just conditions in 1549, as well as his final battle at Dussindale, so the whole area has enormous scientific, social and historical value.”

Mr Shaw added: “Our renewed public opposition to development or inclusion in a growth plan is an early indicator to residents and interested bodies that we are determined to protect this rich environmental heritage.”

- To find out more, go to http://friendsofthorpewoodlands.blogspot.co.uk

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