The Planning Inspector announced the decision late yesterday that the fight for Broughton Woods has been won!!! A great way to begin the Easter break :0)
Many residents, local community groups and environmental organisations including the Woodland Trust have been victorious in opposing the proposal to destroy 33 hectares of ancient woodland and damage a further 44hectares near Scunthorpe to make space for an international standard golf course. After a (very) long public inquiry last year the Appeal by QHotels has been thrown out on the grounds that the ancient woodland would have been damaged and that there was no evidence of need for additional golfing capacity. You can read the full Appeal decision in the Inspector’s Report and get more background to this case here.
THANK YOU very much to everyone who donated to our fighting fund and helped us with the significant costs of taking this legal fight to a positive conclusion. Your contribution was incredibly generous, raising almost £20,000 which has made a big difference to us.
Well done to everyone who appeared at the Public Inquiry, and to the local community groups who have fought long and hard for this result – proof that we can make the case for woodland protection using both hearts and minds.
It might not yet be the end; QHotels have already muttered something about continuing their push for a bigger golf course… We will keep an eye on this and more updates on this will follow soon! but in the meantime check out the local news story here, please pass this excellent news on using the bookmark below – and do share your comments with us on this decision.