We fight threat to Neatherd Moor common, Dereham, Norfolk

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We have objected strongly to a planning application from Taylor Wimpey for 62 houses and associated works on land next to Neatherd Moor, an ancient common on the east side of Dereham in Norfolk.

Our local correspondent, Ian Witham, has protested to Breckland Council.

Says Ian: ‘We object strongly to this proposal because of the tremendous impact it would have on Neatherd Moor.  This area, which includes publicly-accessible common land, as well as public paths nearby such as the historic Shilling Lane, is a vital component of the history and identity of East Dereham.  It is hugely important to the amenities of residents and visitors alike.

‘We are dismayed that the developers do not even mention that the site adjoins common land, a very special land type where the public has rights to walk and ride.  It will be severely affected by the proposals.

‘The site is also rich in flora and fauna which are an important ingredient of the public’s appreciation of the area.

‘The fields which are the subject of this application act as a vital buffer between Neatherd Moor and the rest of the new development.  So the impact of the development would impinge significantly on the entire character of the area.  As more of the land here is developed, the remaining undeveloped land becomes all the more precious.

‘The site lies outside the development boundary, which was drawn up with careful consideration as part of the development plan,’ says Ian.  ‘There is no justification for the development of this site and we urge Breckland Council to refuse this application.’

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