800 residents back petition to save Terry's factory site trees

UPSET: Protesters who are worried about the removal of trees at the former Terry’s factory site

UPSET: Protesters who are worried about the removal of trees at the former Terry’s factory site

First published in News

MORE than 800 people have signed a petition to protect a border of trees alongside the former Terry's factory site in York.

Local resident Tina Fowler says she launched the campaign after being told the trees in Bishopthorpe Road were at risk of being felled during construction of new housing. She said she had been overwhelmed by the passionate support she had received from local residents.

But developers say they will retain as many trees as possible, while planning chiefs say there is a commitment under outline planning consent to retain a belt of tree cover along the road.

Mrs Fowler claimed she only bought her flat opposite the ex-chocolate factory because she checked out plans and saw they stated clearly that ‘vegetation’ along the site boundary was to be retained.

But she said that after a conifer was felled, she visit the site and was told by a site agent that all trees would be felled during subsequent phases of development, and the developers were free to do what they wanted with the vegetation.

She said that while she fully appreciated new housing was required and such a brownfield site offered an ideal building plot, there seemed to be a general disregard for original plans for the land.

Peter Morris, development director for David Wilson Homes, said its plans would see the retention of as many trees as possible, and more than envisaged in outline planning consent. "This includes retaining most of the trees along Bishopthorpe Road," he said.

“We are currently in the process of reviewing our plans for the remainder of the site and, as we have done to date, we will continue to liaise via the neighbours’ community forum as we put our plans together.”

He added that the company had always wanted a good balance of green space, communal areas and new homes, and the retention of trees wherever possible - and the planting of new trees - was integral to this.

Mike Slater, the council's assistant director of city & environmental services, said all tree removal to date had been authorised under previous planning permissions and the majority of remaining trees were subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

"The impact of any further development on the trees would be given significant weight in determining any future planning application," he said.

He said the effect of any TPO was overridden by any permission involving the removal of protected trees but no planning application had been submitted for the remainder of the site to date. "Clearly when any future application is determined, residents' comments will be considered as is normal practise.”

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10:30am Sat 22 Mar 14

Thislittleold market town says...

Well done Tina,I have seen her out every night knocking on doors and collecting signatures,up against a big developer,a Romanian developer who is already land grabbing and a coucil that is inept or corrupt
Well done Tina,I have seen her out every night knocking on doors and collecting signatures,up against a big developer,a Romanian developer who is already land grabbing and a coucil that is inept or corrupt Thislittleold market town
  • Score: -64

12:06pm Sat 22 Mar 14

again says...

Gloomy conifers! Could they not compromise and replace them with better quality trees?
Gloomy conifers! Could they not compromise and replace them with better quality trees? again
  • Score: 13

12:28pm Sat 22 Mar 14

London G Spurs says...

I stepped out of my home on trafalgar street one morning to find the trees at the bottom of the street had disappeared! It's a massive shame! Tina, you are a fabulous woman! Well done! It was great to meet you! Keep you your amazing work!
I stepped out of my home on trafalgar street one morning to find the trees at the bottom of the street had disappeared! It's a massive shame! Tina, you are a fabulous woman! Well done! It was great to meet you! Keep you your amazing work! London G Spurs
  • Score: 4

3:37pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Pedro says...

Keep up the good work. Why are these lovely trees - that have always been there in my lifetime - been removed? Criminal.
Keep up the good work. Why are these lovely trees - that have always been there in my lifetime - been removed? Criminal. Pedro
  • Score: -1

5:03pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Pink woman says...

They are conifers - the blight of suburbia. They contiribute nothing to nature, biodiversity or wildlife. Quite the reverse; they suck the moisture out of the soil and the light out of the sky so nothing beneficial stands a chance. Get educated Tina and spend your energy on campaigning for them to be felled and replaced by deciduous native trees that provide food and shelter for wildlife; pollen, berries or fruit, habitats and nesting spaces. You will get light in the winter, shade in the summer and the glory of seasonal leaf colours. What is criminal is the crime to nature by people who plant and retain these appalling trees instead of something beneficial.
They are conifers - the blight of suburbia. They contiribute nothing to nature, biodiversity or wildlife. Quite the reverse; they suck the moisture out of the soil and the light out of the sky so nothing beneficial stands a chance. Get educated Tina and spend your energy on campaigning for them to be felled and replaced by deciduous native trees that provide food and shelter for wildlife; pollen, berries or fruit, habitats and nesting spaces. You will get light in the winter, shade in the summer and the glory of seasonal leaf colours. What is criminal is the crime to nature by people who plant and retain these appalling trees instead of something beneficial. Pink woman
  • Score: 16

5:13pm Sat 22 Mar 14

London G Spurs says...

Pink woman wrote:
They are conifers - the blight of suburbia. They contiribute nothing to nature, biodiversity or wildlife. Quite the reverse; they suck the moisture out of the soil and the light out of the sky so nothing beneficial stands a chance. Get educated Tina and spend your energy on campaigning for them to be felled and replaced by deciduous native trees that provide food and shelter for wildlife; pollen, berries or fruit, habitats and nesting spaces. You will get light in the winter, shade in the summer and the glory of seasonal leaf colours. What is criminal is the crime to nature by people who plant and retain these appalling trees instead of something beneficial.
So...what about the wildlife living there? Which they are, regardless of what trees they are living in. I guess they could just wait it out while we cut their homes down and fork out for new trees to grow I guess. They should just plant more trees!
[quote][p][bold]Pink woman[/bold] wrote: They are conifers - the blight of suburbia. They contiribute nothing to nature, biodiversity or wildlife. Quite the reverse; they suck the moisture out of the soil and the light out of the sky so nothing beneficial stands a chance. Get educated Tina and spend your energy on campaigning for them to be felled and replaced by deciduous native trees that provide food and shelter for wildlife; pollen, berries or fruit, habitats and nesting spaces. You will get light in the winter, shade in the summer and the glory of seasonal leaf colours. What is criminal is the crime to nature by people who plant and retain these appalling trees instead of something beneficial.[/p][/quote]So...what about the wildlife living there? Which they are, regardless of what trees they are living in. I guess they could just wait it out while we cut their homes down and fork out for new trees to grow I guess. They should just plant more trees! London G Spurs
  • Score: -4

5:16pm Sat 22 Mar 14

London G Spurs says...

London G Spurs wrote:
Pink woman wrote: They are conifers - the blight of suburbia. They contiribute nothing to nature, biodiversity or wildlife. Quite the reverse; they suck the moisture out of the soil and the light out of the sky so nothing beneficial stands a chance. Get educated Tina and spend your energy on campaigning for them to be felled and replaced by deciduous native trees that provide food and shelter for wildlife; pollen, berries or fruit, habitats and nesting spaces. You will get light in the winter, shade in the summer and the glory of seasonal leaf colours. What is criminal is the crime to nature by people who plant and retain these appalling trees instead of something beneficial.
So...what about the wildlife living there? Which they are, regardless of what trees they are living in. I guess they could just wait it out while we cut their homes down and fork out for new trees to grow I guess. They should just plant more trees!
And how many years have they been there, not causing issues with nature, light and moisture?
[quote][p][bold]London G Spurs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pink woman[/bold] wrote: They are conifers - the blight of suburbia. They contiribute nothing to nature, biodiversity or wildlife. Quite the reverse; they suck the moisture out of the soil and the light out of the sky so nothing beneficial stands a chance. Get educated Tina and spend your energy on campaigning for them to be felled and replaced by deciduous native trees that provide food and shelter for wildlife; pollen, berries or fruit, habitats and nesting spaces. You will get light in the winter, shade in the summer and the glory of seasonal leaf colours. What is criminal is the crime to nature by people who plant and retain these appalling trees instead of something beneficial.[/p][/quote]So...what about the wildlife living there? Which they are, regardless of what trees they are living in. I guess they could just wait it out while we cut their homes down and fork out for new trees to grow I guess. They should just plant more trees![/p][/quote]And how many years have they been there, not causing issues with nature, light and moisture? London G Spurs
  • Score: -2

7:40pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Yeller Belly says...

Oh please! Let's not pretend this is about the environment. It's about privacy, house prices and disturbance from a building site. We're not talking about chopping down a 300 year old oak tree here...
Oh please! Let's not pretend this is about the environment. It's about privacy, house prices and disturbance from a building site. We're not talking about chopping down a 300 year old oak tree here... Yeller Belly
  • Score: 12

7:48pm Sun 23 Mar 14

London G Spurs says...

Yeller Belly wrote:
Oh please! Let's not pretend this is about the environment. It's about privacy, house prices and disturbance from a building site. We're not talking about chopping down a 300 year old oak tree here...
Maybe it's about keeping something as it always was, beautiful! There's no need to cut anything down unless it is necessary.
I chose to live where I live because of the surrounding area. I didn't expect to wake up one morning to see a huge boiler type building at the end of my road instead of the trees that were there.
We are all looking forward to the development of Terry's, it's a shame it's taken this long. It can still go ahead without unnecessary upheaval.
[quote][p][bold]Yeller Belly[/bold] wrote: Oh please! Let's not pretend this is about the environment. It's about privacy, house prices and disturbance from a building site. We're not talking about chopping down a 300 year old oak tree here...[/p][/quote]Maybe it's about keeping something as it always was, beautiful! There's no need to cut anything down unless it is necessary. I chose to live where I live because of the surrounding area. I didn't expect to wake up one morning to see a huge boiler type building at the end of my road instead of the trees that were there. We are all looking forward to the development of Terry's, it's a shame it's taken this long. It can still go ahead without unnecessary upheaval. London G Spurs
  • Score: -10

8:02pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Heidi Hi says...

Well Done Tina, You're doing a great job and an inspiration to us all, these big building firms think they can just do what the hell they like, good for you, keep up the good work, you are an amazing woman xx Heidi
Well Done Tina, You're doing a great job and an inspiration to us all, these big building firms think they can just do what the hell they like, good for you, keep up the good work, you are an amazing woman xx Heidi Heidi Hi
  • Score: -7

8:00am Mon 24 Mar 14

MrsHoney says...

It may well be that some of the issues here are to do with privacy, but most people would rather look at out over trees rather than buildings. That is still an environmental impact, it's not just about birds and insects but our own environment too. As for conifers being useless, well we have a conifer hedge in front of our house and every spring birds nest in it, it also supports insect life, so don't talk rubbish. Yes it's good to plant more native trees but if they rip out the conifers and plant new trees how long will it be before they reach maturity? What about all the birds that will have nested in those trees returning only to find they've disappeared? Why are developers so determined to ruin the environment by taking out trees? It's not my idea of progress.
It may well be that some of the issues here are to do with privacy, but most people would rather look at out over trees rather than buildings. That is still an environmental impact, it's not just about birds and insects but our own environment too. As for conifers being useless, well we have a conifer hedge in front of our house and every spring birds nest in it, it also supports insect life, so don't talk rubbish. Yes it's good to plant more native trees but if they rip out the conifers and plant new trees how long will it be before they reach maturity? What about all the birds that will have nested in those trees returning only to find they've disappeared? Why are developers so determined to ruin the environment by taking out trees? It's not my idea of progress. MrsHoney
  • Score: -9

8:21am Mon 24 Mar 14

London G Spurs says...

MrsHoney wrote:
It may well be that some of the issues here are to do with privacy, but most people would rather look at out over trees rather than buildings. That is still an environmental impact, it's not just about birds and insects but our own environment too. As for conifers being useless, well we have a conifer hedge in front of our house and every spring birds nest in it, it also supports insect life, so don't talk rubbish. Yes it's good to plant more native trees but if they rip out the conifers and plant new trees how long will it be before they reach maturity? What about all the birds that will have nested in those trees returning only to find they've disappeared? Why are developers so determined to ruin the environment by taking out trees? It's not my idea of progress.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: It may well be that some of the issues here are to do with privacy, but most people would rather look at out over trees rather than buildings. That is still an environmental impact, it's not just about birds and insects but our own environment too. As for conifers being useless, well we have a conifer hedge in front of our house and every spring birds nest in it, it also supports insect life, so don't talk rubbish. Yes it's good to plant more native trees but if they rip out the conifers and plant new trees how long will it be before they reach maturity? What about all the birds that will have nested in those trees returning only to find they've disappeared? Why are developers so determined to ruin the environment by taking out trees? It's not my idea of progress.[/p][/quote]Well said. London G Spurs
  • Score: -7

11:00am Mon 24 Mar 14

yorkandproud says...

Pink woman wrote:
They are conifers - the blight of suburbia. They contiribute nothing to nature, biodiversity or wildlife. Quite the reverse; they suck the moisture out of the soil and the light out of the sky so nothing beneficial stands a chance. Get educated Tina and spend your energy on campaigning for them to be felled and replaced by deciduous native trees that provide food and shelter for wildlife; pollen, berries or fruit, habitats and nesting spaces. You will get light in the winter, shade in the summer and the glory of seasonal leaf colours. What is criminal is the crime to nature by people who plant and retain these appalling trees instead of something beneficial.
I can just see you making this speech without taking a breath. I wouldn't call this site suburbia though. Almost in the countryside isn't it.
[quote][p][bold]Pink woman[/bold] wrote: They are conifers - the blight of suburbia. They contiribute nothing to nature, biodiversity or wildlife. Quite the reverse; they suck the moisture out of the soil and the light out of the sky so nothing beneficial stands a chance. Get educated Tina and spend your energy on campaigning for them to be felled and replaced by deciduous native trees that provide food and shelter for wildlife; pollen, berries or fruit, habitats and nesting spaces. You will get light in the winter, shade in the summer and the glory of seasonal leaf colours. What is criminal is the crime to nature by people who plant and retain these appalling trees instead of something beneficial.[/p][/quote]I can just see you making this speech without taking a breath. I wouldn't call this site suburbia though. Almost in the countryside isn't it. yorkandproud
  • Score: -6

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