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Environmental campaigners bid to protect ancient hedgerows from 100-home Denbigh development

25 Feb 2022 3 minute read
Hedgerow has been removed in Denbigh.

Environmental campaigners fear ‘ancient hedgerows’ could be lost due to plans for more than 100 homes in Denbigh.

Castle Green Homes, formerly Macbryde, based in St Asaph, wants to develop land next to Ysgol Pendref.

The developer has put in an application for 110 units, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom detached homes, including 22 affordable dwellings.

The development is expected to come before Denbighshire County Council’s planning committee next month.

But a group of residents and environmental campaigners fear the development could mean ancient hedgerows could be lost. The group says hedgerow in the area has already been damaged.

Environmental protestors in Denigh.

Heidi Ridder Jones, 43, said she feared for the local environment.

“We know for a fact it is grade-three A land, so it is considered the best and most versatile land for growing crops, and according to planning policy Wales, it should not be built on, unless there are extreme, extenuating circumstances,” she said.

“We have ancient hedgerows. Some have been removed. They started removing them yesterday. We know for a fact the hedgerow is at least 150 years old. My mum went to work yesterday and came back to find a digger, and they (the workmen) said they were taking down the hedgerows.

“It is ancient hedgerow and also forms part of the old parish boundary of Denbigh, and it contains birds that are on the British red list for endangered species. All three things give the hedges protected status. There are hundreds of birds living there, house sparrows, starlings, and we have red kite that hunt above the field. We have barn owls, which roost in the trees opposite.”

She added: “Now we know that there is, either being built or given planning permission, 600 houses coming to Denbigh alone, so if this housing estate gets planning permission, it pushes it up to over 700 houses. Traffic can’t cope in one small town.”

Castle Green Home’s chief executive Gwyn Jones said: “We always act in accordance with the law. We have worked with Denbighshire council throughout the process and have cut back one small section to allow access into the site. We are not removing the whole hedgerow.”

A spokesperson for Denbighshire County Council said: “We have been informed of the situation and have made enquires. No breach of planning rules has occurred. We will continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with the landowners.”

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2 years ago

Nah. That’s not what environmental campaigners look like. Environmental campaigners would know that the endangered species list is the IUCN (formerly CITES) list. Not the British Red List.
That’s local NIMBYs.
Are the houses affordable for and reserved for locals. That’s the more important question for this story

Last edited 2 years ago by Cynan
2 years ago
Reply to  Cynan

No, not Nimby’s, Cynan, just a group of people who care passionately about saving our working farmland, our environment, and our planet. Not to mention the infrastructure of our little town which is already struggling to cope with just half of the 600 extra houses being built here, not including this one; the effect on the Welsh language; unaffordable, unneeded homes that far outprice the earnings of the area (which, btw, are currently level with those of 2007), to list just a few. We can’t help how the journalists choose to write an article, and what info they pick to… Read more »

2 years ago

How did the protesters vote?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago

22 affordable out of 110 built…madness right there…builder leave that hedge alone…

Last edited 2 years ago by Mab Meirion
2 years ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

And we’ve since found out that those ‘affordable’ (but not for anyone in the area) homes can end up not being provided because of some loophole the developers use to get round such things.

Our countryside, working farmland, is being sold off to the highest bidder.

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