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Another victory for protesters

PUBLISHED: 22:50 20 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:40 03 March 2010

PROTESTERS trying to save an area of woodland behind the Beeches near Bishops Hill have scored another victory.

A planning application to fell protected trees in the area has been unanimously turned down by members of Ipswich council's development control committee.

PROTESTERS trying to save an area of woodland behind the Beeches near Bishops Hill have scored another victory.

A planning application to fell protected trees in the area has been unanimously turned down by members of Ipswich council's development control committee.

It is the second rebuff within weeks for developers Woodberry Properties who want to build homes on the site which is earmarked for woodland in Ipswich's local plan.

In July their application to build homes on the site was also unanimously rejected by the committee.

There was surprise when they followed up this rebuff with the new application to fell trees – which has now also been unanimously turned down.

This time the council has gone further – serving an enforcement notice on Woodberry requiring the company to replace trees it removed during the construction of the neighbouring Mitre Way.

"This is very good news," said ward councillor Liz Harsant, who backed protesters who have fought the proposed applications.

"Hopefully the developers will now get the message and leave this vital green area alone."

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