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MP BACKS RESIDENTS AT WIMPEY ENQUIRY

Local MP Nigel Waterson is joining residents in opposing plans for 140 new homes in Kings Drive. Nigel redeemed a promise to attend this week’s Public Inquiry and give evidence against the proposed development.

Nigel said: “I have heard from a great number of my constituents in the area. I share their concerns. The Inspector needs to know the strength of public feeling on this issue.”

“This development seems to me to be wholly inappropriate for the area. There would be huge problems with traffic access to Kings Drive. This is already a busy road, especially with volumes of traffic to and from the DGH, including emergency vehicles. The pressure on the Rodmill Roundabout, already huge, would become dangerously unmanageable.”

“I believe there are also legitimate concerns about flooding. And I think the visual aspect will be unattractive, with significant ‘massing’ of housing. The environmental impact is also a major issue.”

“In short, the tranquil rural scene (including grazing cows) which now greets people driving along Kings Drive would be replaced by a huge block of buildings which would utterly ruin local vistas. How this land ever got into the Borough Plan for housing development mystifies me.”

“So for all these reasons I have joined with local residents in opposing the development. I hope it will be rejected by the Inspector in due course.”

16 June 2009