Don't destroy the beautiful farmland and views around Leeming Bar!

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We, the undersigned, strongly oppose Hambleton District Council's proposal to allocate a huge swathe of Aiskew Moor and the adjoining fields to the north and east of Leeming Bar for industrial development, totally enclosing Leases Rd, Low St, Lowlands and Ashlands by industrial units.

o    This proposed development threatens wildlife and the biodiversity of our area. These fields are frequented by, and home to, a multitude of species, including deer, badgers, woodpeckers, buzzards, sparrowhawks, and many smaller species which are essential to the biodiversity of the area.

o    The site proposed is prime agricultural land. Once gone it can never be reclaimed in its original beauty, purity or productivity. 

o    Leeming Bar has undergone substantial development in the past few years with the bypass, housing developments and substantial industrial encroachment. It is neither fair nor necessary to subject the residents to more development.

o   The proposed development will ruin the view of open farmland and the Hambleton Hills, the last glorious view in Leeming Bar. This will cause homeowners material damage to their property values and will remove the very reason many chose to settle in Leeming Bar.

o    Residents will not only suffer spoiled views and the violation of a landscape they treasure but also high levels of noise, light and traffic pollution. The levels of light, noise and traffic pollution have already increased significantly; more industrial units will only exacerbate this. This will not only affect Leeming Bar but Morton-on-Swale and Ainderby Steeple residents as well. This is not in keeping with the council’s commitment to safeguard the well-being of local citizens or the character of the villages in which we live.

o    Local businesses already say that recruitment is difficult. Some local industrial units bring in workers from Teesside and other areas to supplement their workforce. The area has plentiful employment and this development therefore offers no needful solution of purpose for the local economy or community.

We would ask the council to be mindful of its duty in protecting our local environment and to ensure that all development is needful, sustainable and uses brownfield sites wherever possible. We reject this proposal in the strongest terms as unnecessary, unsustainable and damaging to our local community and our local environment.

 



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