Battle to save Corby’s woods

Barry Nichol is campaigning to save Corby's woodland areas.
Barry Nichol is campaigning to save Corby's woodland areas.

Campaigners are calling on residents in the Corby area to fight to save the town’s disappearing woodlands.

They say too many woodland areas have been lost to make way for development and other sites are still under threat.

Now an appeal has been made for people who are concerned about the town’s areas of natural beauty to contact their borough and county councillors to register their concerns.

One of the campaigners, Barry Nichol, said: “I am asking all residents to join the ever-growing swell of public concern at the destruction of our local woodland and to emphasise the negative impact these developers are having on our environment please.

“The plantation site off Geddington Road is a 60-acre site was trashed six years ago under the pretext of a major development bringing hundreds of jobs to Corby.

“The reality is quite different, as we have no investment, no development and no jobs. Virtually all of the woodland surrounding Corby is now in the hands of developers.”

Plans are in the pipeline for a resource recovery park, off Gretton Brook Road, and a planning application has been submitted to Corby Council.

Developers Gretton Brooks Estates Limited, say the scheme will generate more than £100m long-term investment for Corby, creating 814 temporary full-time jobs during its 10-year construction period and 3,000 jobs once it is fully operational.

Woodland and forestry management consultants Lockhart Garratt say some of the woodland on the proposed site is poor quality and that the resource recovery park will mean replanting can be undertaken in the area.

The plans include the creation of a community woodland with glades, grassland rides, ponds and wetlands which will be open to the public for walking, cycling, bird-watching, picnics and nature trails.

Mr Nichol said: “We have a similar senario to Geddington Road unfolding at Gretton with yet another developer promising untold jobs at the expense of many hectares of long-established woodland.

“I am asking people to please lobby their local ward and county councilors to put a stop to this mindless destruction of our natural resources which, after all, really belongs to local people.”

Borough councillor Rob McKellar, who launched the campaign against the recovery park, said: “The Brookfield waste plant planning application is still under consideration by Corby Council’s planning department.

“An indication has been given from within the department that the matter may not be referred to committee until as late as September. Until then the campaign to oppose it will continue.

“The waste plant is not a done deal.”