100 signatures reached
To: New Forest District Council
Speak up for Fordingbridge's natural, recreational resources!
To retain a highly valued and visited/used local green space in Fordingbridge (strategic site 17, West of Whitsbury Road, East of Marl Lane, Northish of Sharpley Close/Avon Meade/Pealsham Gardens/Allen Water Drive etc., up to Puddleslosh Lane), which is seriously threatend under the proposed plans in the NFDC's recent publication of the Local Plan Part 1: Planning Strategy - proposed submission document - http://www.newforest.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=36579&p=0
We, the residents of Fordingbridge, understand the need for more housing, but please also consider our existing needs and desires.
It is hoped this petition will demonstrate just how important this local, natural, wild resource is to the Fordingbridge local residents and visitors to the area.
We would ask that the NFDC will take this in to account when considering the suitability of the current Local Plan e.g. the number of propsed houses (initially I think minimum of 380 in total, now minimum 475 seem to be proposed, plus another 60 at Tinkers Cross, not to mention further plots at Ashford and Burgate, making a grand total of 1025 new homes- minimum! This represents around a 40% increase in our rural market town population and amounts to 9.76% of the total 10500+ houses proposed for the entire plan area!) and in particular the proposed routes for the main access roads, which will needlessly destroy part of the landscape that could easily be preserved for all to enjoy.
A change to the access routes and number of building plots within the area would effectively safeguard much of the landscape, whilst still providing a reasonable amount of new housing.
Why is this important?
To promote/maintain the mental and physical health and wellbeing of local residents and visitors;
To retain the rural nature of this town and its views of importance;
To safeguard the tranquility of this particular area for existing and future residents;
To protect the wonderful natural landcapes and rich biodiversity of this area;
To continue to provide wild open spaces, where local children and adolescents can experience and connect with nature (which is also linked with improved childhood mental health and wellbeing, similarly to adults);
For the District Council to take the lead and set new nationwide standards, by truly putting biodiveristy and health & wellbeing, at the heart of their local planning decisions.
Can I please suggest that everyone read the plan, spread the word and also make their own individual representations via the official response form on NFDC website:
Then.email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post it to:
Policy and Plans Team,
New Forest District Council,
This area is used widely by a lot of residents, who may not live directly by the proposed sites and therefore may not have received correspondence from the NFDC about the plans...so please spread the word far and wide so.we can send a united response to the NFDC that calls for some reasonable changes to the proposed Local Plan!