Luke Hall, the local Member of Parliament for Thornbury, Yate, and the surrounding villages, has written to South Gloucestershire Council to support the proposal to designate Woodlands Farm, the former home of the famous children’s author Dick King-Smith, as a Designated Local Green Space.
The designation, if approved, would grant the site special protection against future development and ensure it is protected for the benefit of local people.
Woodlands Farm is used regularly by the residents of Coalpit Heath and the surrounding area as a convenient and tranquil site on which local residents often take their dogs, and where families often enjoy afternoon walks. It has been used for generations as a local amenity, and features an easily accessible footpath through the farm.
Luke Hall has long campaigned in favour of protecting the site against development, and submitted a petition to the Council in favour of the designation last year. It is now being formally considered, and local residents are hopeful it will get the green-light.
Speaking after submitting his response to the consultation, Luke Hall said:
“Woodlands Farm is a wonderful natural asset for the local community. Thriving with wildlife and providing a beautiful tranquil setting for local people to relax and enjoy the countryside, this is exactly the kind of site the Council should be protecting from inappropriate development.”
“This designation is something I believe in strongly, and I will continue to campaign for it until it is protected.”