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Concern over farm proposal; views of the North.

THE Government's localism agenda has been seriously undermined and I am deeply concerned that local views are being ignored to the detriment of valued countryside.

While I recognise the need for economic prosperity, should this be pursued at any cost to the environment? A classic example of this is the proposed Bellway development for Whitehouse Farm in West Moor, where the Secretary of State is minded to grant permission on the basis of an untested biodiversity offsetting agreement. His own trial period for this is yet to conclude, and 10 of the 11 initial participating councils withdrew as they could not see how to make the concept work.

If we don't stand up for the countryside we will lose it. I encourage your readers to sign the Campaign to Protect Rural England's new charter which demands better protection for the countryside, a fair say for local communities in planning for the places where they live and work, and more housing, in the right places.

Mrs CARRIE NICHOLSON, West Moor, North Tyneside
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2013
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