Development on Watton Copse

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We have objected to a retrospective planning application to use Watton Copse for an oil-storage tank and for domestic purposes including car-parking. The land adjoins Vicarage Close in Watton, about five miles south of Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The land belongs to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and is therefore public. There is a long tradition of community use of the copse, and the public is accustomed to roam freely here.

The oil tank and concrete hardstanding have been installed without planning permission and without the consent of the council as landowner.

We are supporting the local community and the parish council in opposing this development. It may sound insignificant but it has a damaging effect on this delightful, small copse.

This land is treasured by the public for informal recreation, yet it is being encroached upon by the neighbouring landowner. We call on the council to reject the application and to commence enforcement action to ensure that this lovely copse is restored to its former glory.

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