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The Forestry Commission has published plans for “new opportunities” in the Mortimer Forest to the south of the town. It promises “benefits for day and overnight visitors, including new and improved paths, trails, natural play, habitat enhancement and a viewpoint for all to enjoy.” That will include 68 holiday chalets in the heart of the forest and a £2.8 million boost to the local economy.
Public opinion on this seems split down the middle. Many think it is a good idea that will bring trade to the town and provide worthwhile holidays. Some think the proposal is too big. Other are opposed completely citing impact on wildlife or concerns about commercialisation of the forest.
What do you think? Vote now…
This vote is now closed. I’ll be publishing the results shortly.
The Forestry Commission and Forest Holidays will apply for planning permission to Herefordshire Council in the summer.