CAGE Gladman fighting fund appeal
Help Dunsden take on Gladman!
This is a modern take on the story of David taking on Goliath. Except that it’s real and happening now in the tiny parish of Eye & Dunsden.
With just 140-odd houses, this ancient, rural parish has been targeted by mega-developer Gladman which wants to treble its size with 245 or more homes on the boundary with Emmer Green in Reading.
South Oxfordshire District councillors turned down the original planning application mainly on grounds of landscape value. Gladman promptly appealed the decision and there is to be a four-day public inquiry at the beginning of May.
There's a very real fear that if Gladman's appeal is accepted it will open the floodgates to a whole series of damaging housing estates being built between Reading and Sonning Common, Kidmore End and the surrounding villages. Don't let it happen – contribute to the fighting fund today!
Fighting for Eye & Dunsden
Dunsden isn’t just small: it has so few facilities that the inquiry, which should take place in the village hall, will actually be held at Henley’s Rugby Club. Eye & Dunsden has just one church and two pubs but no shop, no school and no children’s playing facilities. The parish council is struggling to cope with the development threat.
Riding into battle to support Eye and Dunsden under the banner of CAGE (Campaign against Gladman in Eye & Dunsden) are six other local parishes: Binfield Heath, Harpsden, Kidmore End, Rotherfield Peppard, Shiplake and Sonning Common, all of whom fear the effects of setting a precedent on their doorstep.
Across the county boundary, Emmer Green and Caversham residents are equally determined to keep Gladman away from their communities. Three residents’ associations representing Caversham and District, Caversham Park Village and Emmer Green are fighting alongside CAGE, supported by environmental action group Caversham Globe. Sonning-on-Thames has also registered an objection.
A list of further reasons for opposing this application is on the CAGE website here.
A fighting fund
Fighting an appeal costs money. Expert witnesses, legal advisors and planning experts do not come cheap. But this parish, one of the tiniest in Oxfordshire, wants to give the appeal its best shot – and that means asking local people to help out.
More than four hundred people from all the parishes and villages around objected strongly on-line to this development when it was first proposed. If each of them were to donate just £25 that would give the embattled parish council the funds it needs to defeat the unwanted incursion.
Every pound you can give will help Eye & Dunsden and its allies win. And our 21st century David could beat his Gladman Goliath and all the other local communities will be able to breathe again.
Cheques should be posted and made out to Eye & Dunsden Parish Council, The Glade, Remenham Piece, Remenham Hill, Henley on Thames, RG9 3ET
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29 March 2018, Rhys Joyce wrote:
We are making fantastic progress: almost halfway to our target. We have identified a possible barrister with experience of defeating Gladman. Please keep donating so that we can afford to be legally represented at the planning inquiry from May 1st!
21 March 2018, Rhys Joyce wrote:
We are nearly at £3,000 of online donations! With postal contributions and pldeges from parish councils that means the grand total is nearer an amazing £8,000.Posters and leaflets are continuing to go out and our planning experts are busy preparing their expert evidence. We hope to provide transport to the Inquiry in May.Please keep donating and help us reach our target!
11 March 2018, Rhys Joyce wrote:
Many thanks to the 42 generous people who have contributed so far. Eye & Dunsden Parish Council will add £1,500 to the appeal fund.
9 March 2018, Rhys Joyce wrote:
Thanks to Sonning Common Parish Council which has pledged to offer £1 for every £2 raised here.
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Marlena O'Donnell contributed
Anonymous contributed £20
EGRA contributed £50
John Winstanley contributed £25
Anna Mortimer contributed
Ros Varnes contributed £20
Doreen Lawrence contributed £25
Harry Tonder-Bergin contributed
Sophy Tonder contributed
sarah prideaux contributed £25
Imogen Tonder contributed £25
Ian Pringle contributed £100
Barry Prior contributed £150
Kris Allen contributed
Diane Honey contributed
Elisabeth Ransom contributed
Judie Bernon contributed £60
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sak likhr contributed £60
Judie Bernon contributed £25
Bert Neo contributed £25
Neil Parker contributed £25
Keith May contributed £50