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Hundreds sign petition opposing homes plan for Elsea Park in Bourne

More than 700 people have signed a petition to block the final section of a housing estate being built on a 'wildlife haven and heritage site' in Bourne.

Persimmon Homes was the developer originally attached to a project to construct 230 homes on zones 6a and 7 of Elsea Park, which has already had about,500 properties built since 2001.

Outline planning permission had already been secured but no detailed plans had been lodged.

The Elsea Park masterplan
The Elsea Park masterplan

However, it emerged this week that Persimmon Homes is no longer interested in buying the zones.

A spokesman for the company confirmed it had been looking to purchase the land but was “no longer progressing”.

Lucas Fidler, who organised the petition, says the principle of his opposition remains valid and the number of people backing his campaign shows the depth of feeling about the proposals.

“This clearly demonstrates the opinion of the people: we want this haven and heritage site protected,” he said.

“This area represents the last truly unspoiled scrubland in Bourne, a shining example of what can happen when nature is left alone. The vast expanse of greenery contains countless young oak trees alongside established hawthorn trees which provide vital shelter and food for birds.

“Deer have also been sighted in this area. If left for long enough, this type of scrubland can develop into a fully-fledged forest.

“The proposal will see all but a tiny section of this green space uprooted, effectively destroying our last untouched habitat.”

Mr Fidler, of Tarragon Way, is also concerned about the fate of the old railway bridge on the site, which is a well-known landmark.

He said: “It has not been specified what will happen to this piece of Bourne’s heritage, most all of which has already been lost, so the people of Bourne are understandably concerned for its wellbeing.”

It comes after a separate application for almost 400 homes on zone 8 of Elsea Park was approved by South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, September 2 .

It is not yet known whether any other developers are interested in buying zones 6a and 7.

View the petition here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/preserve-unspoilt-space-near-elsea-park

It states: “This expansion would be disastrous for the biodiversity residing in the area. Please consider signing this petition to prevent the delevopment of this area so it may continue to be a wonderfully natural habitat and beautiful sight.”

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