AN action group is stepping up the fight against a potential housing development which they believe could destroy the countryside.
Members of Linton Village Action Group (LVAG), which includes Lynn and Phil Butler, have been busy distributing more than 1,000 leaflets to residents of Linton in a bid to halt plans for more than 100 homes on precious green space there.
They fear plans to develop land off High Street will destroy the character of the National Forest village and impact on schools, the environment, transport and traffic.
Cheshire-based Gladman Developments Ltd has now submitted a planning application to South Derbyshire District Council for farmland off High Street, Linton.
The developer claims the site is suitable and that the homes are needed to help the district council fulfil its five-year housing supply figure - a target set by central government.
This week volunteers have been delivering LVAG leaflets to around 1,000 homes.
Members have dug deep and paid for the glossy four-page flyers themselves.
LVAG member Ellen Taylor, of High Street, has been a Linton resident for 25 years, since she was just nine-years-old.
She said: “The leaflet drop is an essential part of the LVAG campaign.
“We need the support of residents throughout the whole Linton community, and for them to formally object to these proposals by contacting the South Derbyshire District Council now. Time is of the essence - responses must be in by Wednesday, October 2 - and we need as many people as possible in each household to make their voice formally heard. It is essential in maintaining village life as we know and love it.”
A spokesman for Gladman Developments said in its design statement: “The overall vision for the site is to provide a distinctive and high quality place, which enhances the qualities and character of Linton village.”