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70 House Build Plan For Lower Bockhampton Criticised

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7:39am 26th November 2014

Britain's oldest national conservation body is objecting strongly to plans to build 70 houses on parkland at Thomas Hardy's hamlet of Lower Bockhampton.

The Open Spaces Society has written to West Dorset District Council claiming the development would have a devastating impact on the beautiful village and the narrow lanes around it.

They say it's not only used by drivers but also by walkers, riders and cyclists who would be put at major risk by the increased traffic.

Says Kate Ashbrook, the society's general secretary: "Thomas Hardy would turn in his grave at the prospect of this massive development in his native hamlet.  

"This is of course a popular tourist destination because of its association with Hardy and it would be an outrage if the council were to allow such alien and overpowering development in this very special place."

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