So the news from the planning committee meeting today is......................the councillors on Area North Planning Committee at South Somerset District council unanimously voted to refuse the planning application from Persimmon Homes - although the majority also agreed that the beech hedge was of biodiversity and health and wellbeing benefit and should be retained, because they had (almost 3 years ago now) given permission for outline planning where the presumption was the removal of the beech hedge, they couldn't now refuse planning on the grounds of the beech hedge. They refused on the fact that the application was over development for the site. So it's good news for now and the hedge lives on YAY! However please keep signing and sharing this petition as Persimmon Homes are most likely going to appeal or re-apply for an amended planning application and so need as many signatures as possible to send this petition to them. Thank you for your help and support.
To: Persimmon Homes CEO
Save the Beech Hedge Avenue at Field Road
Please don't destroy this iconic, historical beech hedge avenue that has been part of the community for generations. It is home to protected species and a local biodiversity hot-spot. Developers should respect the local natural heritage, give space to existing habitats and not destroy biodiversity for over developing sites for profit.
For generations this beautiful beech hedge avenue has been a living icon in the community, home to protected species of bats, dormice and birds and enhances local biodiversity, bringing joy and wellbeing to local people. It has historical relevance to the community and most importantly is an established habitat to a variety of protected species. It enhances the health and wellbeing of local people and improves the air quality from road pollution. The local people want the hedge to remain and not be destroyed and continue to be a home for the wildlife that rely on this established beech avenue. This is the last wildlife corridor in the local area and should be retained.
Why is this important?
How it will be delivered
Hand deliver to Persimmon Homes representative at the planning committee and emailed to the CEO