A number of Berkhamsted residents are opposing plans to turn agricultural land on Castle Hill into an open green area for public use.
Landowners Taylor Wimpey wish to re-classify the site, which is located to the west of Berkhamsted Cricket Club, into a Suitable Accessible Natural Green (SANG) space, for recreational activities such as walking. Vehicular access, a car park, paths and fencing would also be installed.
However, many have negatively responded to the proposal.
One comment reads: “As a resident of Castle Hill and someone who has grown up in Berkhamsted, I believe we should protect the special natural environment that we are so fortunate to have here.
“This proposal detracts from this by imposing a fake environment where it is not required. The site and views have been enjoyed by walkers and residents for generations – we should preserve that.”
A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey and Barratt David Wilson said: “Our proposal aims to create a 60-acre SANG, which will provide a recreational area and draw visitors away from Chiltern
Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation, the current levels of which are damaging critical habitats there.
“This land is currently used for grazing and our proposal seeks to enhance the habitat with extensive tree and hedgerow planting, along with grassland and wildflower seeding. This will provide access for people to enjoy the countryside.
“A Highway Assessment has been submitted which confirms that there will be no unacceptable impact on traffic, and the application follows consultation with local residents and stakeholders.”
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