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Developers A R Cartwright Ltd propose to build 130 houses on fields at Galley Common, south-west of Nuneaton in Warwickshire. The houses will destroy the route of the promoted Centenary Way and an ancient ridge-and-furrow landscape. We have objected to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
Says our local member, Mark Hood: ‘I am opposing this because my rights, and those of the villagers, to walk through historic former manorial fields will be affected. Instead we shall be walking the footpath through a high-density housing estate. The hedges marking the boundaries of the long, narrow ridge-and furrow fields, a medieval farming site, will be lost.’
Adds Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary: ‘We are particularly concerned at the proposed destruction of the Centenary Way, a 98-mile promoted route through Warwickshire which was invented by the county council to celebrate its centenary in 1989. If the development gets planning permission Cartwright will have to try to move the path from its direct north-south route. If the developers succeed, the path will become a suburban walk just like any other and people will have lost an important amenity.
‘The history of this site is written on the landscape, yet this would be destroyed. We have urged Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to reject the application.’