December 17, 2011

THERE WAS AN ENGLAND:

Hands Off Our Land: 'A wound in the loveliest of places': The meadows in Berkshire that inspired Richard Adams's book 'Watership Down' are now under threat from property developers. (Richard Adams, 17 Dec 2011, The Telegraph)

In the opening chapter of my novel Watership Down, the rabbits encounter a freshly erected hoarding, on the edge of Sandleford Warren. Still reeking of creosote, it reads: "This ideally situated estate, comprising six acres of excellent building land, is to be developed with high class modern residences by Sutch and Martin, Limited, of Newbury, Berkshire."

Now, in a truly nasty coincidence, that self same stretch of land, at Sandleford Park, just outside Newbury, has, in real life, been earmarked for residential development. Not by the fictional Sutch and Martin, but by West Berkshire Council.

This idea is altogether wrong and misconceived, and, in my view, must be strongly resisted. The whole of Sandleford comprises part of the beautiful area of open country that is adjacent to the south side of Newbury. To use planning jargon, it constitutes a "green lung" for the borough of Newbury, and it is vital, in the public interest, that it should remain in its present unspoilt state, protected by Town and Country planning law.

Let me tell you a little about this area. In fact, come with me now on a small journey.
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