Bashfordsland Wood Friends to hold meeting

Bashfordsland Wood. INCT 15-464-RM
Bashfordsland Wood. INCT 15-464-RM

A meeting will take place tomorrow (Saturday September 9) of Friends of Bashfordsland Wood and Oakfield Glen at Oakfield Community Centre, at 10.00 am.

On the agenda will be a discussion regarding planning permission for a major new housing development at Bashforde Park Village.

The development will see the construction of 289 new homes.

The proposed development at the east side of the Bashfordsland and Oakfield Glen Local Nature Reserve was approved by the planning sub-committee of Mid and East Antrim on Thursday September 7.

Building work is planned to commence early in 2018. The houses are scheduled to be built in four stages, starting at the north.

The development will be at the east side of the Bashfordsland and Oakfield Glen Local Nature Reserve.

Philip Allen, Friends of Bashfordsland Wood and Oakfield Glen at Oakfleld Community Centre, said: “The local nature reserve will receive some protection from noise and litter by provision of a suitable fence. This may also reduce the badger and hedgehog crossing points and warning signs should help to keep their losses down. The fence may also reduce bird casualties by making them fly higher over the road. There is also a commitment to providing suitable street lights with the minimum glow visible in the wood.”

Last month, Bashfordsland Wood and Oakfield Glen was officially awarded Local Nature Reserve status.

Bashfordsland Wood is a ten-year-old woodland owned and managed by Mid and East Antrim Council and Oakfield Glen is a mature woodland, owned and managed by The Woodland Trust.