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We are delighted that Galley Common, Nuneaton in Warwickshire has been saved from housing development. We were among the objectors to a planning application from A R Cartwright Ltd for 130 houses with associated infrastructure on land north of Tunnel Road.
Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council refused the application in December 2012, the applicant appealed and a public inquiry was held in September. On 22 November the inspector, Paul Griffiths, rejected the application because it would destroy the historic landscape of ridge-and-furrow fields and hedgerows, which were probably medieval in origin.
We were particularly concerned that the houses would destroy the route of the promoted Centenary Way long-distance footpath.
This 98-mile route was invented by Warwickshire County Council to celebrate the council’s centenary in 1989. If the development had gone ahead this section of the path would have been moved and would have become a boring, suburban walk through a housing estate.
Galley Common is a wonderful survival of an ancient landscape. We are relieved that it will be preserved.
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