|20 February 2005
Anger over plans to develop ancient site
Angry residents have vowed to sell up in Cawston (Norfolk, England) over plans to develop 150 houses on a nearby ancient archaeological site. The plot of land was highlighted by experts back in the 1960s as possibly containing relics dating as far back to prehistoric times.
Developers agreed not to touch the land but no excavations have taken place, and it is believed the order is no longer applicable.
Now plans to build 120 houses, 30 sheltered accommodation units, a community centre and changing facilities for the sports field have been put forward by the Cawston Consortium. Residents have formed their own protest group - Residents against Calvestone Road Development (RACRD) - and have a weighty petition to hand to Rugby Borough Council.
RACRD spokespeople Alan Robinson and Jane Ryan called a special meeting, and Alan said: "The site has archaeological significance of national importance and we have spoken to experts to see what we can do. They recognise the site's value and said a dig will have to take place before any development."
The council has extended the deadline to receive objections from residents for the planning permission to February 22.
Rugby Advertiser (17 February 2005)
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