Welcome to the website of the Cats Creep Campaign, a group of concerned local residents who are trying to protect Round Hill's historic twitten from overdevelopment.
Planning Permission refused
The planning application to build on land next to the Cats Creep has now been refused. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters and signed petitions - your efforts ensured that the opinions of local people were heard by decision makers in the Council.
The Planning Officer cited 6 reasons for refusing permission.
We will now be watching to see if the applicant appeals against the decision (to the Planning Inspectorate) or decides to put in a revised application.
A planning application was made to build 3 3-bedroom houses and two 1-bedroom flats on one of the wooded areas next to the Cats Creep.
News of the development provoked anger among residents of Round Hill, many of whom value the precious few green spaces we have left in the area.
The twitten between Richmond Road and Round Hill Crescent, known locally as the 'Cats Creep' or 'Catcreep' is a much-loved and picturesque part of the Round Hill Conservation Area. The idea that the green oasis in the heart of Round Hill could be lost has horrified members of the community.
Some of us formed this campaign group to oppose the plans for development. If you would like to join us, please contact us - we will be delighted to hear from you.
Brownfield or greenfield?
The proposals submitted to the Council referred several times to a 'brownfield' site but we felt this was totally misleading.
Traditionally, a garden attached to a house is treated as 'previously developed' or 'brownfield' land. In this case however, the site of the proposed development forms a separate freehold and therefore must be considered to be 'previously undeveloped' or greenfield.
For a full discussion of this issue, see the section on the Round Hill Society web site.
How many people use the Cat Creep in an average week?
Find out by reading the details of our traffic survey.