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Campaign to create another public common in Beverley

Beverley Westwood
Image caption The Beverley Renaissance Partnership wants to create a new common

Campaigners in East Yorkshire are aiming to create another public common on the southern edge of a market town.

Beverley already has the 500-acre Westwood located on the western edge of the town.

The regeneration group, Beverley Renaissance Partnership, said a new common would safeguard acres of green space for future generations.

The group hopes it would offset a major new housing development expected for the area.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has allocated more than 3,000 homes to be built in Beverley over the next 17 years.

John Bird, chairman of the Beverley Renaissance Partnership, hopes the new common, which could be named Southwood, would be the size of "at least several football pitches stretching from the southern part of the town's leisure centre towards Woodmansey".

"Rather than have bits of land scattered in between 10 or so houses, I want to see one big bit of common created for people to walk on and use for recreational purposes like the Westwood," he said.

"It's still at the ideas stage so we want to know what people would like or want to see in the community."

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