‘Hands off our Green’

L14-341 The Paddocks Leighton Buzzard planning permission given for green space play area. 'Anne Cox'JR 13'27.3.14 PNL-140328-103953001

L14-341 The Paddocks Leighton Buzzard planning permission given for green space play area. 'Anne Cox'JR 13'27.3.14 PNL-140328-103953001

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Protestors who saw off plans for a house to be built on a much-loved open space, face another fight as developers launch an appeal .

The bid by Clarence Country Homes Ltd to build a four-bedroom detatched house on the Paddocks green was rejected by Central Beds Council in May, amid outcry from townspeople .

Now, developers are appealing the decision and furious families nearby have vowed to fight on.

Victoria Waple said: “Everyone is absolutely outraged that an appeal has been launched, given the strength of feeling and opposition against it. The residents haven’t changed their minds in any way, shape or form. We’ve used our right to reply and all the planning laws that are still valid, and have the support of our town councillors and MP Andrew Selous.

“The Paddocks is a safe haven for children, any other park or play area involves crossing main roads. And here, they are always watched over by somebody - it doesn’t matter whose child they are.

“It encourages independence, kids play outside and use their imagination - my daughter learned to ride her bike on the green. The elderly also meet up to chat and spend time outdoors.”

In a letter of support published on the campaign’s Facebook page, South West Beds MP Andrew Sealous wrote: “I am so pleased to learn that the residents of the Paddocks have taken it upon themselves to join together as a result of this issue.”

Clarence Country Homes were contacted by the LBO but declined to comment.