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Campaign to protect land in Northop Hall from development

Published date: 21 March 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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A PLAN to protect a patch of land from developers has been lodged.

Villagers in Northop Hall are hoping land at The Gorsey, off Llys Ben, will be registered as a village green.

Last week, a plan by Morris Homes Ltd for 36 affordable homes on the site was refused by Flintshire Council’s planners after more than 400 letters of objection were received.

Residents now hope if the application for village green status is approved, it will give the site protection against development in the future.

Northop Hall’s Cllr Tony Sharps has pledged his support for the application lodged by resident Laird Sinclair.

He said: “It’s a real asset to the village. This would ensure it will keep its identity for the rest of its life and will protect against any potential developer.

“People used to pick raspberries and strawberries there.

“Now it’s still a major link between the two estates where people walk on and take their dogs on.”

Cllr Sharps said villagers had been fighting against development since 2010 and was sure more plans would be lodged in the future for the site.

He added: “The Gorsey has been used as a right for lawful sports and pastimes by the inhabitants of Northop Hall for a period of 20 years.”

Mr Sinclair, who has applied on behalf of the Friends of Northop Hall Village, said: “It’s an important place within the village – not only in providing views and footpaths but many of the children play there.

“We have to prove it has been in use by the public for 20 years – well I know a lady who remembers using it in 1918.

“We’re not against development but there are other areas where we would prefer to see development.”

Mr Sinclair added many people use the footpaths on The Gorsey to get to the village shop, school and community centre and said it was a safer way than walking along busy roads with narrow pavements.

The application for village green status has been submitted to Flintshire Council.

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