A press release was distributed to Fenland Citizen, Cambs Times, and (later) Cambridge evening news. The two local papers have picked up on the story already.
The Save Wenny Road Meadow campaign was launched with two successful drop-in sessions held at Chatteris library in early October. Dozens of people called in to find out more about the campaign. We shared the developer’s Broad Concept plan, and explained our campain strategies, and handed out resource packs, which give guidance on how to write an objection letter.
Representatives of the group spoke at the Chatteris Past, Present and Future (the Civic Society) and were pleased with their enthusiam for our campaign.
Representatives of the group spoke at the Chatteris Town Council meeting to request support for our campaign. The Town Council said that we must deal directly with Fenland District council, as that was where the planning decisions would be made.
Extract from Town Council minutes for Sept 2017:
Wenny Road: Another resident said she was part of the recently formed group ‘Save Wenny Road Meadow’. The group was concerned about the loss of meadowland which would result if the Wenny Road development of 350 homes went ahead. She acknowledged that development of the land was included in the Fenland Local Plan adopted in 2014. She explained the group was concerned about the loss of the field situated along Wenny Road, about a quarter of the development site, which she claimed was unique in Chatteris due to the richness of the wildlife and very special for many residents. Under a national policy it could be registered as a green space. The resident argued that the decision to build on the land had been taken without proper consultation and many residents did not realise it could be adopted as green space. Even though it was privately owned it could be secured through a lottery grant. The resident asked if the Town Council would be interested in working with the people of Chatteris to protect the meadowland for future generations before it was too late. Another campaigner urged councillors to visit the site as it was unique and accessible to the town. It was also pointed out there were TPOs on some of the trees. The Mayor explained that the development had been in the planning process for some time and the plans were currently with Fenland District Council and any representation should, therefore, go to FDC. He pointed out there had been a big public consultation on the scheme (many of those present at the meeting suggested most people were unaware of the consultation). He also pointed out the developers were protecting certain parts of the site due to ridge and furrow, trees, etc., and the original plans were for many more homes on the site. Cllr Newell said the site was not meadowland, it was agricultural land; Cllr Smith said the Town Council had plans for a green space in another area and Cllr Hay advised that any plan would have to go to FDC’s planning committee if there were more than six objections.