While this is indeed an impressive accomplishment, I would like to draw readers’ attention to the devastating impacts of the proposal. More than five hectares of ancient woodland is under threat, the size of eight football pitches. Indeed this 800-year-old woodland is irreplaceable, both for local people and the wildlife it contains.
So while Extra is to be congratulated upon their small degree of support, it should perhaps be judged alongside the objections thousands of local residents, MPs and conservation organisations.
Indeed just through our website we know 8,300 people have signed a petition against the scheme, and 6,000 more have officially objected to the city council.
Lead campaigner, Woodland Trust