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!
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.
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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