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Community bids to buy cherished land at Wades Farm in the Slad Valley

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ENVIRONMENTAL charity Stroud Valleys Project has joined members of the community in a bid to purchase land in the Slad Valley.

Members of the community action group which fought against a proposed housing development on Wades Farm in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are seeking public support for their campaign to bring the field into community ownership.

The group wants to raise funds to purchase the 9.5 acre field (Lot 2) of Wades Farm which is being marketed for sale by Bruton Knowles with a guide price of £200,000.

he group plans to form a company limited by shares with a value of £1,000 each.

The partnership with Stroud Valleys Project means that people can now pledge smaller sums for shares which will be owned by Stroud Valleys Project.

The bid is being led by Stroud Town Councillor Simon Arundel who led the successful campaign in 2012 with his wife Elaine.

They have raised pledges of over £75,000 so far and want more shareholders to join.

Over 1,500 people wrote letters of objection to the plans by Barratts to build on the farmland which is now for sale. Land on the opposite side of the valley was subject of later applications by Gladman Developments who lost their Appeals to develop homes on Baxters Fields.

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