We are a community group formed to protect Weekley Hall Wood and wildflower meadow from plans to build warehousing on this beloved part of Kettering. We are made up of passionate individuals and concerned local organisations opposed to the destruction of our countryside and the last remaining accessible woodland area around Kettering. We aim to represent the thousands of people opposed to this development and are putting our all into saving Weekley Hall Wood.
The Duke of Buccleuch’s development company Buccleuch Property has took their destructive plans to the Government Planning Inspector in 2023. The two week Public Inquiry was began in late November 2023 and in January 2024 the Planning Inspector released his decision. Buccleuch’s appeal was dismissed and planning permission refused!
In early 2022 the developer submitted amended plans which destroy a little less of the woodland but still the entirety of the precious wildflower meadow. While our campaign has obviously made a difference to influence this change, we feel they are missing the point. We are opposed to all further warehousing at Weekley Hall Wood and we appeal to the Duke to intervene on behalf of the people of Kettering and stop his destructive plans.
Unfortunately, on the 5th May 2022, the Councils Kettering area planning committee voted 5-3 to approve the IM Kelly application for a single warehousing unit. Around 200-300 people protested at the meeting.
This minor setback has made us more determined than ever to defeat the large application for 5-6 huge warehousing units in the Buccleuch Property plans.
Our petition ended up with 24,181 signatures! This is amazing and we never expected the huge public backing. Thank you to everyone that signed.
Please check our social media for up to date information on all our activities. Our team is continuously working to oppose the destruction of these beloved woods and wildflower meadows.
There are two planning applications we oppose. The main one for 5 warehouses is only the start and will see huge tracts of biodiverse land cleared. The second was to build a single warehouse in the middle of the wildflower meadow. This is out of keeping with the environment around it and we strongly oppose both these possible developments.
If you have any skills or knowledge that you think could be useful to protect this beautiful area please get in contact.
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