Symondshyde campaign starts fighting fund

PUBLISHED: 15:50 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:54 19 June 2017

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Campaigners trying to save attractive rural land on the outskirts of Hatfield from housing development have organised a public meeting next week to raise funds for legal representation.

The Save Symondshyde group will meet to mobilise their fight against Welwyn Hatfield Council’s draft Local Plan at Wheathampstead Memorial Hall on Wednesday, June 28 at 8pm.

The group warns that the proposed 1,130-house development on Green Belt arable land will be twice the size of Sandridge.

Chairman John Gardner said: “The Government has now appointed a planning inspector to review the proposals for housing development put forward by Welwyn Hatfield Council. We and our supporters believe that the proposals that relate to Symondshyde conflict with national and local planning policies.

“But we will need to prove our case direct to the inspector. We need as much help as possible to do this and the purpose of the meeting is to inform local people about the progress of our campaign and to raise additional funds to secure expert planning guidance.

“We’ve already been successful in raising over £2,000, but we believe we may need between £5,000 to £7,000 to get the expert representation that we need.

“This is a David and Goliath situation. We need everyone who walks, cycles and feels passionately about this historic and well-loved swathe of outstanding quality Green Belt land to help us with our funding challenge to protect the land for future generations.”

The meeting will be addressed by Peter Waine, former chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Donations to the The Save Symondshyde group can be made online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/symondshyde

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