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Monday, 25 June 2012

No homes near Oswestry hill fort, say campaigners

No homes near Oswestry hill fort, say campaigners

Civic groups will lobby councillors calling on them to re-think plans to build homes around an ancient hill fort in Shropshire.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England, Oswestry and Border History and Archaeology Group and Oswestry Civic Society met this week to draw up an action plan to try to stop homes being built around Oswestry’s Hill Fort.

Fears were sparked by Shropshire Council’s SAMDev development plan.

It suggests 80 new homes off Gobowen Road and 25 at Oldport Farm on the same road.

The campaign groups are supported by the British Archaeology Trust and English Heritage.

Civic society chairman Saffron Rainey said: “It was a very good meeting and the conclusion is we will contact councillors. We want to present the case for the importance, not just local importance but national importance, of the site.

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