David Attenborough-opposed York bog plan rejected by inspectors

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Sir David Attenborough at Askham BogImage source, Tom Marshall
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The broadcaster and naturalist sir David Attenborough had opposed plans to build homes on the site.

Plans to build more than 500 homes close to a nature reserve that were opposed by Sir David Attenborough have been rejected by planning inspectors.

Developers Barwood had wanted to build 516 houses off Moor Lane next to Askham Bog in York.

City of York Council's planning committee rejected the proposals, but Barwood launched an appeal.

Sir David had said the site was part of the country's heritage. "It is our collective responsibility to save it."

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy confirmed the planning inspector backed the council and rejected the appeal.

Mr Sturdy said he was "delighted" to report some good news in these "difficult times", the Local Democracy Reporting Service reports.

"Local people have been unanimous in their opposition to the development proposals near Askham Bog," he added.

"The campaign has attracted national attention."

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Sir David Attenborough called the York site "part of our cultural and natural heritage"

Sir David had previously said: "So much of the natural world is in peril and now, more than ever before, ancient places like Askham Bog, rich in biodiversity, must be protected.

"It is hugely valued by the people of York and by all naturalists and is part of our cultural and natural heritage. It is our collective responsibility to save it."

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, who run the site, said: "We are thrilled that Askham Bog can now continue to thrive as a special place for wildlife and the people of York for years to come. "

Developer Barwood has been contacted for comment on the inspector's decision.

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