- Mike McGaughrinManaging Director, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead: Prosecute those responsible for illegal destruction of protected woodland
Granny Kettle Wood can be found in Sunningdale, Berkshire, and comprises more than 40 acres of beautiful woodland habitat. It is situated along a stream corridor linking Bracknell Forest with Windsor Great Park and is an incredible wildlife haven and loved by the local community. Granny Kettle Wood is protected by a blanket tree preservation order and is a designated Local Wildlife Site.
Illegal clearfelling of one acre of protected woodland took place in May 2012. We believe that this criminal act was carried out in order to facilitate the approval of a planning application for a mansion on the site of the destruction. Evidence for this can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/GrannyKettleWood.
Developers that illegally destroy protected woodland should be prosecuted and not rewarded with planning consent.
- Managing Director, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council
Your Council is about to make a decision on whether to grant planning permission for a £20 million mansion to be built within a historic nature reserve and a designated Local Wildlife Area.
The developers have already illegally destroyed 1 acre of woodland (protected by a blanket tree preservation order), and plan to build the mansion on an artificial island smack in the middle of a valley which is regularly flooded. This, of course, will have serious consequences for the land and households living upstream.
Developers that illegally destroy protected woodland and locate housing in high flood risk zones should be prosecuted and not rewarded with planning consent.
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