The Public Inquiry to decide the fate of Weekley Hall Wood and Meadow begins on Tuesday 28th November.
The public are welcome to attend for the whole eight days of the Inquiry, however, there are only three times they can speak in support of the meadow and wood. Between 10am-12pm on Tuesday 28th November, or between 6:30pm-9pm on Wednesday 6th December.
North Northants Council and ourselves are livestreaming the Inquiry – you can find the YouTube links here.
Every voice that rises in opposition to these warehouses in crucial. We passionately ask you to seize this last opportunity to ensure that our collective voice is heard loud and clear. READ MORE.
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 taken their destructive plans to the Government Planning Inspector. This means the decision as to whether swatches of countryside will be bulldozed will be decided before the end of 2023.
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 continues to grow and is so close to 23,000 signatures! This is amazing and we never expected the huge public backing that this gives us. 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 is 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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