‘If Buck Barn development goes ahead, Thakeham’s £5m wildlife bridge should be built first’

There is no such thing as a free lunch and no company has £5million sitting around doing nothing, writes Ian Pinington, of Church Road, Partridge Green.

Wealdcross Bridge
Wealdcross Bridge

Reading last week’s article regarding the proposed development of 3,500 houses at Buck Barn by Thakeham Homes got me thinking.

The proposed £5million bridge cost proposed by Thakeham is seen as a ‘gift’ by them! There is no such thing as a free lunch and no company has £5million sitting around doing nothing.

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This just demonstrates how much profit there is in this scheme.

Can I suggest that should planning be granted for this monstrous development it is a condition of planning that the bridge be built first before a single house is constructed?

This will make Thakeham put its money where its mouth is, then we will find out if it really is a gift.

Should this not be the case the cynic in me suggests that if they are allowed to build 3,500 house first, all of a sudden the bridge proposal will be either considerably scaled back, unaffordable or undeliverable!