Village Protection Group launched

A planning application has prompted a group of residents in the area of Galleyend to form a ‘Village Protection Group’. The application proposes a small development of terraced houses to the rear of ‘Bechers’ and ‘Pipers’ in Watchouse Road. The site has no road frontage and access would be via a new road to be constructed between the two properties. A further representation, requesting a change to the Green Belt status of the land behind the site, signalled possible future building of up to 100 houses. Local opposition was speedily mobilised and investigations revealed a number of ‘Representations’ from other landowners threatening the building of up to 2000 houses in Galleywood. A working committee was formed and a clarion call went out to all concerned about this apparent ‘threat to our village and quality of life’. Many were turned away from a packed public meeting at The Keene Hall where chairman Alan Thomas introduced the committee and outlined the background to the formation of the Group. Some questions from the floor were answered by local barrister, John Dagg, who specialises in planning matters.