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Stafford action group step up fight on Falmouth Ave housing plan

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

Stafford action group step up fight on Falmouth Ave

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A new leafleting campaign is being launched this week by residents battling controversial proposals for housing on a greenfield site in the Weeping Cross area of Stafford.

Members of the Falmouth Action Group are distributing 2,500 leaflets to householders in Weeping Cross, Baswich, Walton-on-the-Hill and Hillcroft Park to build support for their fight to save the open space off Falmouth Avenue.

Action group spokesman Ted Bailey said they were stepping up the campaign ahead of an expected planning application from landowner Staffordshire County Council to turn the site into a housing estate.

The group is seeking a legal ruling to class the land - which is popular with dog walkers and as a play area for children - as a village green. But the Supreme Court is unlikely to hear the case before the end of 2014, and Mr Bailey claimed it would be a "gross waste of public money and council time" to debate any housing plan until the legal status of the land was decided.

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"It is likely that only the nearest homes will be officially notified when the planning application goes in, and that means that not even the whole of Falmouth Avenue will get an official letter," he said.

"We are leafleting the whole area because this land is such a popular leisure site, and we are asking everyone to sign our protest petition. We are also urging them to get ready to send in letters of objection as soon as the application goes in to the borough council."

Residents seeking more details on the campaign can contact Mr Bailey on 01785 662999, or email falmouthactiongroup@hotmail.co.uk

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