Joy as campaigners reach crowdfunding target in bid to save Rushmere land from housing

A number of memory trees have been planted at the site in Rushmere St Andrew which could be set for

A number of memory trees have been planted at the site in Rushmere St Andrew which could be set for development. - Credit: Archant

Campaigners against a greenfield development in Rushmere St Andrew last week reached their crowdfunding target to take their case to the High Court.

Save Our Rushmere’s Rural Identity (SORRI), Save Our County Spaces (SOCS) and other groups united against plans to build 14 new homes on land adjacent to 155 The Street, put forward by a consortium of charities represented by Witco, after the scheme was allowed on appeal.

The land is currently used as a community nature reserve, and includes a number of trees planted by nearby residents in memory of loved ones. In a bid to protect the land, the groups had to raise £10,000 to help cover legal costs and launched a crowdfunding bid which quickly gathered local support. They will now continue to fundraise to cover legal costs as they rise. The groups have also successfully lodged their interest in purchasing the land as an asset of community value to protect it from development in the future, and will make a bid if the development is quashed.

SORRI chairman Ron Spore said: “We are delighted that there has been so much support from the general public, as evidenced by us reaching this sizeable target and we are very hopeful that our action will succeed and that we will be rewarded by the outcome.”

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