For many years the Save Weekley Hall Wood Campaign has battled to stop developers building warehousing on a beloved wood and wildflower meadow near Kettering. Literally thousands of people were opposed to the development – their petition attracting over 23,000 signatures. However, this was always going to be a David vs Goliath battle. The land is owned by the Duke of Buccleuch’s estate – one of the largest land owners in the country.
The Duke’s development company Buccleuch Property took their destructive plans to the Government Planning Inspector – and today he made his decision. The planning application has been refused.
This is a massive victory for local campaigners. It shows what can be done when organised resistance against wholly inappropriate planning applications are put forward.
The planning application for the warehousing plans proposed for the Castle Manor Farm site are going before the council planning committee in March. We too face a David vs Goliath scenario – but we can also win!
The decision of the Planning Inspector is attached below. Please read it and find out why the application was refused.