Mysterious manouevre

PUBLISHED: 15:51 03 August 2007 | UPDATED: 22:58 28 May 2010

AFTER living in Morton Avenue, March, for 20 years and in March for 22 years, I find myself bemused by the actions of the local council. Two years ago the council received a planning application for bungalows between Morton Avenue and Green Street from a

AFTER living in Morton Avenue, March, for 20 years and in March for 22 years, I find myself bemused by the actions of the local council.

Two years ago the council received a planning application for bungalows between Morton Avenue and Green Street from a resident who had only just moved into Morton Avenue.

After several objections by residents this application was withdrawn. At this point I tried to buy the land for garden use, and as I had no possibility of having vehicle access I could use the land only as a garden.

After contacting the council several times over 12 months, it was made clear that I would not be able to buy this land.

In the meantime the resident who had applied to build on it moved to a nearby village and rented his house out. Since then nothing had happened to this land other than it being left to become overgrown and for us to stop the weeds coming over our back fences.

That was until Monday, July 16, when trees start falling to the sound of chainsaws and diggers. No warnings for the public at either end of the footpath.

When I spoke to a council representative she informed me the land had been sold to the ex-resident, although no planning application has been submitted - yet.

I wait with anticipation for a letter informing me of more infill housing behind my house. I will be surprised if we still have access to the footpath in 12 months' time.

Will this application be approved? Probably yes. Maybe I am wrong and the ex-resident will have a lovely garden that will win the best large garden in next year's competition.

MR S BURROWS

Morton Avenue

March

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