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Letter – Displeased by developer's attempt to remove bridge from Lymington Shores

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SIR – I write on behalf of the Bottom of Town Campaign, Lymington, to express our utmost displeasure at the attempt by the Redrow company to delete the amenity aspects of its development at Lymington Shores/Almansa Way by seeking to overturn the existing planning conditions (A&T, 15th January).

Planning consent was given nearly 10 years ago by New Forest District Council for the development, on certain conditions – most notably the construction of a footbridge over the railway beside Lymington Town Station.

The purpose of the footbridge is to allow easy pedestrian access to town for the 300-plus residents in the new development, and to facilitate access to the riverside walk, gallery, shop/restaurant and rowing club for folk walking from town.

The bridge is thus a reasonable and necessary facility which Redrow is obliged to deliver. Until it is delivered, NFDC is insisting that a number of the flats in the development cannot be occupied – a reasonable condition.

It is to be hoped and expected that all political views on NFDC, and local MPs, will unite in rejecting Redrow’s scheme (application 20/11163) to renege on its previous obligation to build the bridge.

One cannot imagine why on earth any elected councillor, or indeed the government if it goes to appeal, would permit such a damaging and duplicitous move on the part of a large, national construction company! We are watching!

Jon Ellis, Chair – Bottom of Town Campaign,


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