A leaflet delivered to homes in the Bannuttree Lane area of Bridstow claims to be ‘protecting our green and pleasant lane’.

The authors of the leaflet, who are not named on it, are urging residents to oppose a plan to build homes on the field between Bridstow and Wilton, which has the A40 and A49 as boundaries. The leaflet claims that ‘The Duchy (of Cornwall) want to build five houses in this 2.2 hectare field’.

The leaflet claims that the site was dismissed as unsuitable for development because: “This site is situated within the AONB with long views of Ross-on-Wye. There are significant constraints in relation to highway issues.”

The Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group also voted that this field was not suitable for development, according to the leaflet.

A spokesperson for the Duchy of Cornwall told the Ross Gazette: “The Duchy of Cornwall has not applied for planning permission and is not applying for planning permission for this site.”

The Gazette also asked the Parish Council for clarification of the sites and if they are to be included in the Neighbourhood Plan but had not had a reply before we went to press.

The authors of the leaflet suggest that anyone concerned about this ‘threat of development’ should contact a variety of organisations incuding the Ross Gazette.