Residents outrage at tree felling plans in Thorne

Local Thorne residents opposing the cutting down of 22 trees near to Thorne Coronation Club that are subject to a Tree Protection Order.  L/r Ann Mason, Pat Butler and Phyllis Wilmot.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Local Thorne residents opposing the cutting down of 22 trees near to Thorne Coronation Club that are subject to a Tree Protection Order. L/r Ann Mason, Pat Butler and Phyllis Wilmot. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Residents are furious after plans were submitted to fell 22 trees to make way for a housing development in Thorne.

Planning permission has been submitted to remove the trees, that are subject to a Tree Protection Order, lining the Thorne Coronation Club in King Edward Road.

Developers are keen to cut down the trees to make way for around 21 homes.

Speaking about the plans resident Pat Butler said: “A lot of people use that area to walk their dogs, go for a stroll, children enjoy playing there and learning to ride their bikes.

“It is a little oasis of calm in what is otherwise a very busy street, if the trees are removed it will completely ruin that and also impact on the wildlife that lives there.

“We have nothing against someone building on the land but cutting down nearly all of the trees is extreme.”

The planning application is to fell eight Horse Chestnut, six Sycamore, three Ash, two Lime, two Norway Maple and one Hawthorn tree.

Thorne Councillor Martin Williams said: “I think these plans go overboard.

“I can understand cutting some of the trees down on the left hand side as residents who live in Inglenook Drive have had problems with the trees that back on to their homes but simply trying to get rid of practically all of the trees is a step too far.

“The developers should be sympathetic when it comes to cutting trees down and I think they should be trying to keep as many trees as possible.

“These plans appear to be a complete wipeout of the trees.”

Another resident submitted a letter stating “They are of defining character to the area and a credit to the town.”

However, some residents in Inglenook drive are keen to see the trees on the left hand side of the road felled

At a meeting on November 12 of Thorne and Moorends Town Council concerns were raised that the removal of all trees would lead to proposals coming forward for more intensive development on the site.

The Town Council said the removal of all the trees in the area is not supported due to its impact on overall amenity and wildlife.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said all residents concerns would be taken into account before a final decision was made.

A decision is expected to be made by December 19.