Developer pursues plans for homes on much-loved wood

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DEVELOPMENT proposals have been submitted to build houses, business units and playing fields on land next to the Marsh in Lancaster, known locally as Freeman’s Wood.

Residents claim that the land has been used for recreation for generations, but over the past few weeks, trees protected with a legal order have been uprooted and cut down, and buried rubbish on the site has made its way to the surface, creating an eyesore for those who frequent the area. The Lancaster Guardian can now reveal that the potential developer for the site is Kuldip Singh Dillon, a friend of Prince Charles.

Mr Dillon’s company Satnam, based in Cheltenham, submitted an outline redevelopment proposal in 2010 for the site as part of the city council’s land allocation plans for housing development in the district.

Castle ward Coun Jon Barry said the proposals were “unacceptable”.

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-03-12) for full story.