Fears housing plan will disrupt wildlife near Chard Reservoir
Campaigners fear a proposal for new homes could be bad news for wildlife on a nearby nature reserve.
If approved, a proposed new estate on the edge of Chard, in South Somerset, will be the first stage of a major regeneration scheme which would eventually see a new distributor slice across part of Chard Reservoir nature reserve.
The Morrish Homes plan to build 78 homes at Oaklands Avenue would also affect rare dormice which an ecology report has found live in a hedge along one side of the field in which the homes would be built.
The housing scheme will be considered by South Somerset District Council on February 20 and Chard Town Council is already recommending that the plan is rejected. Locals are alerting as many wildlife lovers as possible to the danger, and hope to attract interest from across the county. Campaigner Brian Joyner said the long-term Regeneration Scheme, which includes space for industrial sites and shops needs to be reconsidered.
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“Do we really want to ruin this area for industry that probably won’t come here in the end? There are shops in town right now that are empty and to put in more seems silly. I think the housing could be built without the need for a road.”
He said the proposed design of the houses was out of sympathy with the rural area.