Urgent: Housing threat to iron age hillfort in Shropshire

Old Oswestry Hillfort (Hen Dinas) in Shropshire – one of the UK’s largest and best preserved iron age hillforts - is under threat of damaging development. Despite opposition from English Heritage, local groups and residents during public consultation, Shropshire Council is forging ahead under strategic county planning (SAMDev) with proposals for significant housing development within the curtilage of this globally important iron age monument. The deadline for registering objections is August 23rd 2013, so urgent action is needed! We are urging people to sign an online petition against the proposals here:  http://chn.ge/17lw7dT You can also join the current Facebook page to follow the campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/OldOswestryHillfort The current (third) stage of the SAMDev consultation with full details of the proposed housing sites (OSW0002, OSW003 at the foot of the fort; OSW004 on the other side of the B5069) can be found here: http://shropshire.gov.uk/planningpolicy.nsf/viewAttachments/AWIN-99JGZU/$file/Oswestry-area-samdev-revised-preferred-options-report-2013.pdf The initial aim is to achieve a deferral of the decision date on these three specific sites. While delaying what we believe would be potentially catastrophic decisions affecting the fort’s immediate setting , it will give campaigners time to put forward an alternative proposal - for a major archaeological visitor centre, community farm, rural skills centre and festival site for heritage, farming and sustainable living events. If you can please share this email with your contacts to encourage support and more signatures to the petition, we would be very grateful. We would also welcome any advice or support you can offer as we mount and publicise the campaign, including referrals to media contacts who would be sympathetic to our aims. Yours sincerely Kate ClarkeOn behalf of HOOOH, Hands off Old Oswestry Hillfort+44 (0)1691 652918

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