Guisborough Against More Building on Open Land - GAMBOL COMMITTEE

PLEASE HELP - SEND AN URGENT LETTER OF OPPOSITION - DON'T LET THE OPEN SPACES IN GUISBOROUGH BE BUILT ON! ACTION NEEDED BEFORE 16TH MAY! TIME IS RUNNING OUT

The Spring Lodge open space may be just the first - once they have have passed one area, Guisborough will be swamped, will it be the area of Hutton Lane / Aldenham rd next / land off Belmongate / Osprey Close or more houses with large gardend. Please send a letter and keep Guisborough as it is! See sample letter below, copy and paste or amend please add in your address and name! PLEASE HELP & ACT quickly

HERE IS A LETTER FROM THE GAMBOL GROUP

Dear Neighbour
We are writing on behalf of a large group of local residents who are resolutely opposed to a potential development along Stokesley Road at Spring Lodge (the white house) & surrounding fields. Taylor Wimpey has applied to demolish Spring Lodge and build 41 houses on this beautiful green field site. Below is a list of just some of our objections:

The proposed entrance to this estate is on the top of a blind hill on Stokesley Road. The road markings are double white lines. How can they consider installing a major junction in this location? An accident waiting to happen? Stokesley Road has suffered numerous road traffic accidents lately, additional traffic and an alteration from driveway to a major junction is unacceptable.
This development is not needed in Guisborough. The housing market is already saturated with unsellable houses. If this construction proceeds every member of the local community will suffer from an excessive supply. This can only result in a further lowering of all house prices.
Residents of Guisborough town, already suffer from poor services (e.g. sewerage, water, gas, etc) something which has been a well-known and long running problem. It is unacceptable to consider any form of additional housing until this is resolved.
There is already a considerable lack of local facilities for a market town of this size, from public play areas to local primary school places. Doctors and dentists are also already overstretched. Any additional housing will only exacerbate the problem.
This development will offer no benefit to Guisborough town and is not wanted. It may provide some temporary jobs during construction but offers nothing else. The local area needs long term sustainable jobs, not more generic housing.
Redcar & Cleveland Council sooner or later will have to listen to what the residents of Guisborough want, not just continually pour money into Redcar. We don’t need more housing within Guisborough. We need more facilities and services, and we certainly don’t want every green space within the town turning into one giant housing estate.

We can defeat this by getting large numbers of people from across a wide area to send letters of objection.

We are asking you to join your fellow neighbours and simply complete your details on the attached letter, sign it and send to the council or write your own letter of objection. If there are two or more people in your house all should send separate letters, because each counts as an objection. If you have friends and family in Guisborough get them to send as many letters of objection as possible, to: David Pedlow, Redcar & Cleveland Bough Council, Belmont House, Rectory Lane, Guisborough TS14 7FD.

Taylor Wimpey only wants to maximise their profit and do not care about providing anything positive for the community. If enough residents send in a letter of objection Redcar & Cleveland will have to listen to what local residents of Guisborough want i.e. better services, not another unwanted housing estate! Building on precious green spaces only serve to ruin the unique character of our historic market town. Join your fellow neighbours to repel this development. If you want to provide assistance or want more information or want a copy of the letter to print out, please feel free to contact us.

Thanks for your help.
Yours
Stuart, Mags, Ian, Kathryn, Mike, Tommy, Colin & Ian
Guisborough Against More Building on Open Land
Email: [email protected]

Sample letter - please add your name & address & sign. Amend if you wish or use as it is! The more we get to the council for Monday the better.
Mr D. Pedlow
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Belmont House
Rectory Lane
Guisborough
TS14 7FD ……………………………

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Date:

Application Reference: R/2011/0219/FFM
Please accept this letter as an explicit objection to any development at Spring Lodge and surrounding grasslands. Any development on this site would only have a negative impact on the local community and the wider Guisborough town. Building on this precious green space would depreciate the unique character of the historic market town of Guisborough. To summarise my objection, I have listed some of my concerns below:

1. I have grave safety concerns about the entrance to the estate being on the top of a blind hill on a busy road. Although this is near the location of the existing Spring Lodge drive, there is a huge difference between one property being there and an entire housing development. Stokesley Road has suffered numerous road traffic accidents lately; the additional traffic and a massive change from driveway to a major junction are both unacceptable.
2. The lower area of the proposed development land floods regularly and deeply during heavy rainfall. The planning application states this will be drained away leaving the existing area dry, but where will this immense quantity of water go? From past experience moving the water somewhere else will only move the problem to someone else. This will also seriously exacerbate the existing flooding at the bottom of Stokesley Road.
3. The entire grassland is abundant with wildlife, all of which will be destroyed if the proposed development proceeds.
4. The hedgerow running parallel to Stokesley Road and across the furrowed field at Spring Lodge are shown on maps dating back to 1782. In accordance with the Hedgerow Regulations (1997) they absolutely must be protected and preserved.
5. The planned development is on top of a hill and the houses will be unduly prominent.
6. The area is not highlighted within the Redcar and Cleveland consultation on future development options. This “Local Plan” allocates sites for new housing for the next 15 – 20 years. It can therefore only be assumed that this area is not suitable for development and this precious green area cannot be considered for any type of development.
7. Local residents and Guisborough town, already suffer from poor services (e.g. sewerage, water, gas, etc) something which has been a well-known and long running problem. It is unacceptable to consider any form of additional housing until this is resolved.
8. This development will offer no benefit to Guisborough town and is not wanted. It may provide some temporary jobs during construction but offers nothing else. The local area needs long term sustainable jobs, not more generic housing.
9. There is a considerable lack of local facilities for a market town of this size, especially local primary school places and public play areas. Doctors and dentists are oversubscribed. Any additional housing will only exacerbate the problem.
10. Even if there was a requirement for additional housing there are numerous brown field sites within Guisborough that are more suitable

I would be grateful if you can acknowledge receipt of this letter so I am assured my opinion of this development is registered.

Yours sincerely