TWO SPECIAL public meetings have been called in Henley-in-Arden to discuss a new planning application for 82 homes on greenbelt land south of Bear Lane.
Next to this application put forward by Mayfield Properties, there is another plan to build 110 homes on land west of the railway station.
The railway line has previously been a boundary for the town and with a population around 3,000, residents are concerned that nearly 200 new homes would increase the size of Henley by up to 20 per cent.
Martin Smyth, a doctor at Warwick Hospital, moved to Henley two years ago.
He said: “My main concern is the destruction of the greenbelt. One would assume that if planning was given the go ahead for this one there would be no grounds to refuse the next one.”
Along with other objectors, he has called a public meeting on the Bear Lane application for 7pm at the Baptist Church Hall tomorrow (Thursday 27th February).
There is expected to be upwards of 150 people there, and the public will decide on their main points of objection.
Henley Parish Council have also agreed to hold a special meeting.
This will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 5th March at Henley Primary School to allow the public to air their views.
Mayfield has submitted its plans for 82 dwellings on greenbelt land south of Bear Lane, but HIA Developments is yet to apply for planning permission for its development of 110 homes to the north of New Road.
A number of protest groups fighting housing plans across the district, including those at Ettington and Alcester, met Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi in Henley last Friday.
Mr Zahawi has been urging changes to the National Planning Policy Framework and the local groups are backing his campaign.
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