Fight to stop development at ancient woods near King’s Cliffe

Jack's Green, near King's Cliffe
Jack's Green, near King's Cliffe

Campaigners fighting to save an ancient woodland have started a petition.

East Northamptonshire Council has received a planning application to build 55 caravan berths and nine camping pitches at Jack’s Green, near King’s Cliffe.

A small group of residents has organised an e-petition and they are asking as many people as possible to sign it.

Jack’s Green is next to Rockingham Forest and is only accesible by bridleway.

Information online relating to the planning application has revealed that a very rare beetle that is only known to exist on a couple of other sites in the UK has been found at Jack’s Green, as well as two rare butterflies.

Campaigner Sandra Beale said: “For many species of animals and plants, ancient woodland sites provide the sole habitat.

“They would be adversely affected by the proposed development that would bring hundreds of holidaymakers and their pets in close proximity.

“The site has the potential to become a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is statutory designation lead by Natural England, a public body, and provides protection from development.

“Northamptonshire has the second least amount of land with SSSi designation.

“A report produced by Northamptonshire County Council in 2011 set a target of a net increase in statutorily protected sites. Disappointingly little action has been taken so far.”

Sign the e-petition here.