Long Wood faces devastation
‘Devastation’ may seem an extreme word to describe plans to build luxurious glamping pods. But few other words come to mind when considering plans for glamping pods that will invade an entire ancient woodland, leaving it little more than a glorified caravan park. The planning application proposes this build in a beautiful ancient wood known as Long Wood in Heacham, Norfolk.
Ancient woodland is an irreplaceable unique habitat that has developed over centuries. These woods are havens for wildlife and for anyone who enjoys these serene places. Once pods are constructed throughout the wood and trees are felled, the integrity of this haven will be lost forever. The construction and ongoing use of the wood by holiday makers will disturb breeding birds, cause vegetation and fire damage, and result in litter, noise and light pollution.
We’re concerned to see a total lack of recognition of the ancient status of Long Wood and the significance of the site as an important habitat by the applicant. The woodland is also designated as Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS). The whole site is covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), which shows the public value this wood. We have sent in an objection.