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Don't build on green fields
2:38pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Letters
I AM writing about green fields versus brown.
As an ex farmer, I believe it best not to build housing on green fields and save this land for the farmer and wildlife, as well as for the enjoyment of us humans.
If the benefits derived from this outweigh the benefits of building on brown land then so be it.
If the proposal for the conversion of the old arts centre in Northwich to apartments means that the local area is jammed full of vehicles trying to park in places already taken by local residents, and creates traffic problems in the already blocked up travel on the one-way system, then this may not be the best place to build.
Trying to fit more people into an already full area is not always a good idea as it snarls up the roads and services, and ultimately minor problems become major ones.
I believe that villages like Davenham need more and better facilities such as improved use of roads and the all, important parking.
If the building on green fields just aggravates these problems then it shouldn’t be allowed.
Businesses and services are affected and people become angry and often expect measures to be taken to alleviate these problems, by councils, but they don’t have the plans in place to solve them.
Proper planning needs to be done to ensure a mix of housing on green and brown fields.
This planning should include businesses, leisure facilities, transport, retail outlets, parking and traffic flow.
Sensible planning with public consultation is a top priority. Facilities and services accompanying the proposed housing should become available to everyone in the wider community.
Tony Walker Davenham
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