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Proposed glamping pods - again!

9 April 2021

It seems that the field in front of Top Lodge is again under threat as the owners try to exploit it as a holiday camp. This is the 5th planning application they have made since 2012 - the previous four were either defeated or withdrawn in the face of strong opposition, not least from the East Northamptonshire Planning Authority.

This week our local parish council heard of the latest application, though no public announcements have yet been published. The application may be viewed here .

Enter the reference number NE/21/00388/FUL

The best way of getting an overview of the application is is to open the Planning Statement (at the bottom of the list of documents). There you will read about the 15 glamping pods, a warden’s caravan,  an unspecified number of camping sites, no toilets, (!) etc.

It seems that the application documents have not all been published at this time.

Friends of Fineshade will be opposing the application once again. If you feel able to help please Join the Friends and you will be sent updates and details about how you could help.

More details will appear here in the days to come.

A new view of Tixover

24 March 2021

Regular visitors to Fineshade who follow the purple signs of the Dales Wood trail will know that, after the very pleasant downhill section from Top Lodge, there comes a long straight uphill part - a considerable slog that some folks refer to as Heartbreak Hill!  Now there is a real reward when you get to the top - not just a picnic bench but a magnificent view to the north.

30 years ago this vista was one of the highlights of that walk and the hilltop was known as Tixover View. But over the years trees and scrub grew up and gradually the landscape was obscured. So in 2019 when the new Forest Management Plan was being drawn up, Friends of Fineshade suggested that the view should be re-instated. Local Forestry England staff listened, agreed and wrote it into the plan. And this week the scrub has been cleared, carefully leaving some specimen trees such as Wild Service and a remarkable erect Crab Apple. 

So when you reach the top of the hill, while you recover your breath you can savour the view across the Welland Valley towards Tixover and away into Rutland at least as far as South Luffenham Heath on the skyline.  Great cooperation between Forestry England and local people has brought this about, allowing us all to appreciate this part of the Rockingham Forest landscape.

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