Annesley protestors on the march

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to build a multi-million pound housing estate in Annesley Woodhouse staged a protest walk against the controversial plan on Saturday afternoon.

Around 40 residents marched through the ancient woodland off Forest Road as a show of unity against an application by Taylor Wimpey Ltd to build up to 97 houses on the greenfield site.

Several members of campaigning group, Annesley Community Commited to Ensuring Sustainable Settlements (ACCESS), took part in the 45-minute walk through the picturesque plantation.

ACCESS vice-chairman Bob Collier said he was pleased that so many people joined the walk.

“There were local people on the walk who did not realise just how much damage would be caused on the Little Oak Plantation if the plan gets the go ahead,” he said.

“It is criminal that they should be allowed to build on greenfield land in this day and age.

“It is very hard to accept that they are going to ruin an absolutely unique British flower and hay meadow.

“This site has been uncultivated for 40 years and it is just starting to flourish - if they get planning permission it will be cut off in its prime.”

ACCESS chairman Peter Olko said the walk was a chance for Annesley Woodhouse residents to see how the potential development would impact on the area’s vast wildlife.

“The walk went very well and was attended by people of all ages who were given a chance to see where the houses would be built,” he said.

Taylor Wimpey say that the housing development will meet local demands and if given the go ahead, the applicants will make investments in the area’s economy and community facilities and create employment