UPDATE - Save Raithwaite Plantation

Raithwaite Plantation (Photo: WTML)

Raithwaite Plantation, just a couple of miles to the west of Whitby, is ancient woodland.

Within touching distance of the coast, it is full of ash, poplar, field maple, honeysuckle and bluebells. It’s also home to an array of important wildlife, such as linnets and bullfinches, both of which are most likely breeding on site

More than four hectares of ancient woodland threatened

For centuries this woodland, much in a steep sloping valley, has survived management and in parts planting by non-native conifers. What is being proposed now though trumps all previous intrusion.

Now developers want to place holiday lodges, a restaurant and other infrastructure next to and within this woodland. More than four hectares of irreplaceable ancient woodland are threatened.

Update: We recently received the great news that the planned development at Raithwaite Plantation has been rejected by Scarborough Borough Council’s planning committee.

The council overwhelmingly rejected the plans, as they felt they simply could not approve an application with such strong opposition. Thank you to all of our supporters who got involved and submitted their objections!

However, this doesn’t mean the wood is necessarily saved. The application now goes into an appeal period in which the applicants will have the chance to appeal the decision made by the planning committee. As long as the irreplaceable ancient woodland of Raithwaite Estate is under threat we will continue to oppose this development.

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