Outrage as land left to the RSPCA is bulldozed

Local residents are up in arms that land left to the RSPCA by a wild life enthusiast was bulldozed by a property developer last week.

David Brown, of 83 Heyes Lane, died in April 2007 and, according to local residents, in his will he left his house, contents and the adjacent allotment land at Belmont Cottages to the RSPCA.

Paul Welton, of Heyes Lane, said "In his will the late David Brown left his house and the allotment land to the RSPCA to remain undeveloped and left for the wildlife. How is it that the RSPCA could have sold this to a global developer against David's wishes?

"They have now stripped the land, felling mature trees including oaks which were the homes to nesting birds and wildlife. These houses and land have been here for nearly 200 years and have always been the home to a variety of wildlife.

"No notices or warnings of this action was served to any of the neighouring community who are united in their devastation of this act. The Council failed to intervene when 2 years ago on a visit to the site they promised us that this allotment land would be retained as a green space in accordance with the late David Brown's wishes."

Paul added "The ground is now flattened and just mud, ready for building - although no plans have been put in as yet. This is not what David wanted and against his wishes in his will. I phoned councillors and Jones Homes but no one came. Do we not count or have a say any more?"

Kaz Baildon said "This piece of land has been a wilderness for many years and was formerly gifted to the RSPCA I think - lots of old trees, birds and other wildlife. The bulldozers moved in and raised it all to the ground. I am devastated for all the birds who nested there and the lovely old trees which have simply been felled. All in a day!"

Julie Richards added "It's an absolute disgrace that this has happened. Even more shocking that David Brown left a will with his wishes for the land to be left for animal use only and not to be built on. Shocking, disgusting. My only wish now is that enough objections to these developers plans will stop any building work going ahead. The skyline has totally changed due to the demolition.

"These developers must be challenged.... they can't just come into our neighbourhoods with there heavy machines churning up our private roads. Taking more green space. Not even a notice to say they were coming to demolish this site."

Cheshire East Council has confirmed that they received an enforcement complaint regarding this land at Belmont Cottages which has been investigated. No planning applications have been received recently for this site and none of the trees which have been removed were protected.

We have been unable to obtain a comment from the developer at the time of going to print but hope to have further information about their plans for the site shortly.

Update: To view a selection of photos taken by neighbouring residents of the site previously click 'next photo' above or play the slideshow.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

John Obrien
Tuesday 24th April 2012 at 3:48 pm
I agree with Paul and Kaz
They have desacrated this wonderfull rural sanctuary of wild life and left it looking ugly.
They so called developers should be made put this special place back the way it was before greed got in the way
Alan R Davies
Tuesday 24th April 2012 at 7:54 pm
Quote from the Jones Homes website:

"The dedication of large areas of open space for public use and the implementation of substantial landscaping schemes not only enhances each new development but also provides a significant contribution to the overall appearance of the neighbourhoods in which we live."

Here's a challenge to Jones Homes. Put your money where your mouth is, show that you can be good neighbours to the community that hosts your business, and restore this site to a state as close as possible to what it was before you destroyed it.
James MacDonald
Tuesday 24th April 2012 at 8:05 pm
Is this the start of the end as green space in Alderley Edge and Wilmslow is replaced with 100's of new homes?
Vin Sumner
Tuesday 24th April 2012 at 9:13 pm
whats new , developers only care about money anything else is just some sort of CSR wash , this will only change through all our attitudes to growth and prosperity changing radically
Mike Norbury
Wednesday 25th April 2012 at 8:45 am
jones have a habit of knowing how to outrage their neighbours dont they? what i find most perplexing is what the rspcas cop out excuse will be if questioned about their motive of jumping in bed with the likes of jones homes?
Sarah Dalton
Wednesday 25th April 2012 at 8:58 am
Absolutely disgusting. Once again Jones homes and the Council working together for the
"good" of local residents.

David Browns last wishes obviously did not matter to them at all. Its appalling
Catherine Ferns
Wednesday 25th April 2012 at 5:40 pm
I am so saddened by this. It looks like a different place altogether.
The lovely landscape & village feel has been obliterated. I'm sure this is not what David would have wanted.
Stacey Johnston
Thursday 26th April 2012 at 8:57 am
Arriving home last weekend I was shocked to see that the beautiful natural landscape at the bottom of or lane had been raised to the ground. This has totally transformed the whole appearance and character of a once idyllic and rural place to live. I cannot believe that as local residents whose lives and properties are affected by this selfish and inconsiderate act of 'countryside vandalism' that we werent even consulted or informed.
Stephen Maynard
Friday 27th April 2012 at 8:21 am
This is yet another example of the lack of respect that Peter Jones and his management and companies have for the local area and amenity. Hasn't Mr Jones and his family any respect for the local inhabitants? How they continue to be able to acquire land and obtain planning permission with such ease is beyond belief and calls for further investigation. The character of our village has beeb adversly changed by the dreadful buildings Jones continues to erect with no regard for those living near to or next door to them!