Our rare group of shelters lies in a green space made up of wetland, woodland and the remains of a Victorian landscape garden, all on a sloping site that faces south and just yards from the High Street. We'd love the land to be restored and made accessible to the public so that it can be enjoyed by all.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our heritage and our open spaces are disappearing fast. We have an opportunity to buck the trend, increase accessible green space and preserve a rare group of sixteen WWII air raid shelters.
As a group of committed local residents. we have the will and enthusiasm to persist with our aims, but we have to engage with landowners and a local planning authority. We need a professional quality viability study survey and the support of an established building preservation trust to give us the tools and credibility to negotiate with our planning department with confidence.
Steps to get it done:
We have lots of ideas including creating a community orchard, allotments, a heritage centre, a bat hibernaculum, exhibitions, wetland boardwalks, picnic field and a local heritage trail link.. Before all this though, we MUST commission a viability survey.
About the space
Woodland, wetland, and 16 WWII air raid shelters.
Braintree District Council
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