Fears over deer at planned resource park site

Chalky the deer
Chalky the deer

A father and son have voiced fears over the future of hundreds of deer living on the Brookfield Plantation on the outskirts of Corby if developers are given the go-ahead for plans for a resource recovery park.

Lee Forster and his son Bradley Rennie, 11, of Gretton, regularly walk in the are to photograph the deer that live there.

Gretton Brook Estates Limited has submitted an outline planning application to Corby Council for the resource recovery at Brookfield Plantation, between Corby and Gretton.

The company says the development, where companies would use waste to generate energy, is expected to attract more than £100m in long-term investment for Corby and will create 3,000 for the area once it is fully operational.

Developers also say that much of the woodland on the site is poor quality and that their scheme will mean replanting and regeneration of the habitat can go ahead.

Mr Forster said, “My son and I visit the deer who live on the proposed site regularly. Our favourite is a stunning white deer and we call him Chalky.

“The poor deer and other animals have been forced to move home no end of times because of over-development. If the waste park plans go ahead then I don’t see where else there will be left for them to go.”

Bradley said, “It would be a real shame if this happened. Me and my dad visit the woods regularly and there is so much wildlife there.”

The formal consultation period on the proposal ends today (March 4) and the planning application will now be considered by Corby councillors.