Objection to the proposed plans for a housing development adjacent to Gosford Castle

Objection to the proposed plans for a housing development adjacent to Gosford Castle

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Joanna Singleton started this petition to ABC Council

We, the undersigned public users of Gosford Forest Park, appeal to ABC Council to show its commitment to the protection and conservation of the forest landscape by rejecting the proposed new-build housing development plans within the old Castle carpark.

Background of Gosford Forest Park

Gosford is a much-loved forest park and public amenity, comprising 240 hectares of diverse woodland and open parkland set within the heart of County Armagh. It holds the distinction of being designated the first conservation forest in Northern Ireland and is available for the public to enjoy its scenic trails, unique wildlife and wide variety of tree and flora species.

The Proposed Plans

The proposed plans are for a reported multi-million pound housing development of 11 new homes, situated in the old carpark beside Gosford Castle. Whilst the castle has been recently redeveloped, this conserved a unique historic building from a deteriorating state and does not licence further residential development within the area.

The proposals include maintenance efforts for the neighbouring walled garden, but this is in no way compensation for the adverse impact a significant housing development would have on the overall nature of the area.

Call to ABC Council

The proposed plans would damage the forest landscape and change the whole nature, beauty and ethos of Gosford Forest Park. For this reason, we call upon ABC council to reject the proposals and, instead, itself purchase the castle carpark and walled garden with a view to transforming them for the wider benefit of the users of Gosford Park. This alternative would be in keeping with the overall purpose of the Park and would enhance and develop the forest environment for the greater good.

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