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Castle Manor Farm site
175 acres
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Glebe Land site
144 acres
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An abundance of wildlife
The adjacent RAMSAR site is a wetland of international importance
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The Village of Titchmarsh
A community on the edge of the development
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Save Titchmarsh, Thrapston and Upper Nene Valley Countryside & Habitats

Join the campaign to stop developers turning almost 300 acres of open farmland into warehousing

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Protecting the Upper Nene Valley

The landscape adjacent to Titchmarsh and Thrapston is currently under threat from two huge industrial developments which would result in the loss of over 300 acres of greenfield land – replacing it with huge warehouses and a “logistics centre”. The proposed the new industrial estate would dwarf the nearby town of Thrapston – bringing with it more road congestion, pollution and the increased threat of flooding.

Whilst the need for economic development and progress cannot be denied, we must also recognise the importance of safeguarding our natural resources and the rich biodiversity they support. The relentless encroachment upon our green fields by sprawling warehouses poses a grave threat to our environment. These developments have the potential to irreversibly alter our landscapes, eroding the delicate balance that sustains countless species of flora and fauna.

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the Glebe Land

The Glebe Land is all arable farmland, never previously developed, off Ranway (the road that links Islington to the Haldens Parkways industrial estate) and extending as far west as the A605.

The proposed warehouse development poses a multitude of concerns for Titchmarsh and its residents. The peaceful ambiance of the village would be shattered by the noise and congestion brought by heavy traffic and constant activity. The delicate ecosystem that thrives on the Glebe would be disrupted, displacing wildlife and disturbing the natural balance of the area.

Castle Manor Farm

The Castle Manor Farm site has been green, open farmland for as long as anyone can remember, typically used for growing wheat and rape. It is crossed by an ancient hedgerow thought to have been planted before the Enclosure Acts, passed mainly between 1720 and 1840.

About 50% bigger than the Glebe Land site, it lies mostly in the parish of Thrapston, though the northern part of it lies in Titchmarsh parish.

The plans for the site has capacity to accommodate 2m sq ft of industrial and logistics warehouse space.

The Wrong Developments in the Wrong locations

The Glebe Land and Castle Manor farms sites are probably the most unsustainable and environmentally damaging locations in the south-east Midlands  

  • 355 Acres of farmland and open Countryside lost
  • 100+ acres of the best and most versatile farmland lost
  • hundreds of acres of wildlife/birds feeding and nesting sites lost
  • risk of downgrading nearby internationally accredited rAMSAR site
  • off the scale visual impact – nearby and far afield
  • 8km of ancient hedgerows destroyed
  • over 75 mature trees destroyed
  • Chaotic, congested local roads
  • air quality reduced – increased risk of sewage discharges
350+
Acres of open countryside and habitat lost
100+
Acres of best and most versatile farmland lost

Why it is important to Protect Greenfield Sites

The relentless pressure for industrial development threatens these areas, leading to irreversible damage to both the environment and human well-being. This article highlights the significance of protecting green field sites and emphasizes the adverse consequences of their industrial development, including the impact on biodiversity and the subsequent increase in traffic and pollution.

The Risk of Flooding

If the proposed industrial developments proceed, the natural landscape of the Upper Nene Valley will be significantly altered. The conversion of agricultural land into industrial…

Traffic Congestion

With hundreds of additional vehicle movements anticipated daily, it is imperative to assess the capacity of the existing road network to handle such a surge in traffic…

The Historic Village of Titchmarsh

Titchmarsh boasts a fascinating history that can be traced back over a thousand years. The village’s name derives from Old English…

The Old market Town of Thrapston

Thrapston itself is a small market town with a population of around 6,000 people. Its origins can be traced back to Roman times…

The Upper Nene Valley

This area, renowned for its ecological diversity, scenic beauty, and historical significance, faces numerous threats from industrial development, escalating traffic levels, pollution, and the ever-present risk of flooding. Recognising the gravity of these challenges and the potential consequences, it becomes imperative to prioritise the protection of this invaluable landscape to ensure its long-term sustainability for both current and future generations.