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We the undersigned petition the council to reject the proposal to permit the development of the Greenbelt land in and around Whyburn Farm, Hucknall.

Hucknall has seen an exponential growth in housing recently. The infrastructure is already at maximum capacity. There has been no increase in secondary schools, doctors or dentists. Hucknall used to be surrounded by green fields and wooded areas, these are slowly being eroded and the use of the Whyburn Farm land including the potential removal of the Misk Hills will detrimentally change the characteristic of the town. The public footpaths criss-crossing this land are a refuge for the residents of Hucknall as was demonstrated during the pandemic. The area is used by families, social groups such as walking groups, cyclists and nature lovers. The area is also the natural habitat for hedgehogs, newts, Deer, Bats, Badgers, foxes, buzzards and other raptors including the Red Kite.
The land in question already acts as an absorbent buffer in times of heavy rain, reducing the incidences of flooding in the town centre. Covering the land with buildings, block paving, tarmac etc will surely reduce the ability of the land to protect the town from flooding. The council have seen fit to implement a Tree Preservation Order on a brown field site within the proposed area, yet this proposal would strip acres of designated greenbelt land
The Misk Hills are of historical interest having been the inspiration for some of Lord Byron's works, particularly ' The Hills of Annesley'
The area is also mentioned by the famous local author D.H.Lawrence in Sons and Lovers and the works of poet Alan Sillitoe.

This ePetition runs from 27/09/2021 to 12/11/2021.

2549 people have signed this ePetition.