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Ancient Common Land at Threat at Codnor

February 6, 2013


 ImageAmber Valley SOS was dismayed to hear of diggers going on to Codnor Common on 14 January. Members of the group, campaigning to save the green belt and spaces of the borough of Amber Valley, have been fighting to protect the land for years.

 Twenty-five years ago the developers applied to build 250 houses on the land. The case ended up at the high court and permission was denied, with the local authority advised to put a protective status on the land. Now, with no local plan in place in Amber Valley borough, the developers have been successful in getting planning permission for 98 houses on one part of the land after another appeal. Another application for 79 houses will be determined by the planning board on 18 February 2013.

 As the new development was being discussed, local people applied to have the land protected as a Village Green. The enquiry starts on 18 March 2013 – and yet the developers have gone in to enclose the land already. The workers, armed with diggers, have put in an ugly fence, ripped up hedgerows, and gouged digger-wide channels into our would-be green. Rights of way have been made impassable; trees with preservation orders damaged, and footpaths used for years by residents blocked off.

 The population of the surrounding villages of Codnor and Waingroves can only sit by and watch this heart-breaking activity. The local planning authority, Amber Valley Borough Council, seem unable to stop this.

 We now hope the land can be saved as a Village Green for local people to use and enjoy before further damage.

 For further information please contact Becky Deans on 07773 797906.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jonathan Hunt permalink
    February 6, 2013 6:28 pm

    This is disgraceful and unethical behaviour by the ‘would-be’ developers. What gives them the right to ‘vandalise’ this ancient piece of much loved and much used common land prior to the public inquiry regarding the land possibly being awarded village green status? I can vouch for hundreds of residents in the borough of Amber Valley, Derbyshire who are appalled by the developer’s actions.
    I sincerely hope that this article receives national publicity which shows this country how greedy some developers are and also exhibits how destructive and utterly spiteful they can be.
    This is a true ‘David and Goliath’ story….let’s hope that the inspector in charge of the public inquiry penalises the developers for the blatant ‘wanton destruction’ of our countryside and finds in favour of Amber Valley SOS. ;

  2. February 8, 2013 8:50 am

    Besides damaging the hedgerows, trees with preservation orders upon them, public footpaths , the developer is now removing turf and topsoil from the site all under the pretext of putting up fencing

    This plot where we have applied for Village Green status, by the time the Inquiry is upon us this plot of land could be stripped bare of all flora, fauna and wildlife at the rate this developer is going, if anyone knows of any governing body that can stop this wanton destruction of our Ancient Common we would be very grateful for advice

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