Letter: Pennypot housing - Wildlife at risk in destruction

North of Pennypot Lane pictured before the hedgerows were cut down   (110707M4)
North of Pennypot Lane pictured before the hedgerows were cut down (110707M4)

Please also understand that Persimmon removed and shredded all of the trees in the field – and this from a company who claims in their literature to be building a sympathetic development, I don’t think so!

The MD of Persimmon also claims that the removal of the vegetation was done under the supervision of a qualified ecologist but, are we to assume that this was the same ecologist who submitted a report on behalf of the developers a while ago saying that there was virtually no wildlife in the fields?

Those of us who have lived next to these fields are well aware of the species which live and breed here – let me give you some idea of the wildlife we see there on a regular basis (and have photographic evidence which has been passed on to the council):

Roe deer (regular, almost daily sightings and bred last year in the field – and apparently disturbed by the workmen as they chopped the trees down), foxes, hedgehogs, badgers, toads, lapwings (on the endangered red list), curlew (also on the endangered red list, and probably bred on the fields last year), buzzards (there was also a possible sighting of a honey buzzard, but this wasn’t confirmed), red kites, mistle thrush, various gulls, what we call the local birds (crows, starlings, jackdaw, sparrows, pigeons, magpies, various tits etc), kestrels, pheasants, bats (not sure which species, but around every night).

According to another local newspaper, this appears to be a similar response to the one given in another area in South Yorkshire where the same company are planning to build.

The same company also told us that building 600+ homes with one vehicular exit onto Penny Pot Lane wouldn’t affect local traffic despite most of it heading over Oakdale Bridge and Pot Bank towards the likes of Otley Road, Ripon Road and Skipton Road, all of which are already gridlocked by the morning rush in Harrogate.

Phil Hodgson

Long Crag View,