120 people attend Ashlawn Road housing meeting

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More than 100 people attended a public meeting against plans to build 1,000 new homes on countryside off Ashlawn Road.

The meeting, organised by the Hillside and Rokeby Community Association (HARCA), took place at Rokeby Primary School on Wednesday night last week.

Almost 120 people gathered at the venue following a recent public exhibition hosted by David Wilson Homes which displayed plans to build up to 1,000 new homes and a primary school on fields between Ashlawn Road and Hillside .

Nick Price, who spoke at the meeting, said: “It was good to see many residents not only from the Hillside estate but from further afield who felt that the proposed development would affect a far wider area.”

The meeting, chaired by Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, included a slideshow presentation from former councillor and Hillside resident Bill Lewis, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Concerns included the lack of services at the Hospital of St Cross, transport, flooding and loss of green space.

A vote in the room also revealed that 100 per cent of people who attended are against the development. Residents were encouraged to join the Ashlawn Road Facebook group to share feedback and photos.

Mr Price added: “Many people have now offered to get involved further with the group, be it simply talking to neighbours, handing out leaflets or partaking in special areas of research. Thank you to those people who did so, and we’ll be in touch very soon with the next steps.

“We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the Hillside and Rokeby Community Association for sponsoring the evening and Rokeby Primary School for hosting the event.”

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