Opponents of plans to build 3,000 homes on the edge of Aylesbury are gearing up for battle after raising more than £30,000 to fight an upcoming appeal.
Donations have flooded in to the Hampden Fields Action Group, which is against development between Bedgrove and Weston Turville, allowing it to hire legal representation and other professional witnesses.
The fundraising has also allowed the group to invoke Rule Six, which means it will be a main party at the inquiry and have full access to all documents.
Developers successfully applied to the Planning Inspectorate for their proposal to be decided on appeal before Aylesbury Vale District Council rejected the idea.
The appeal hearing, at which two other major planning applications proposed for the Aylesbury area will be decided on, is due to begin on June 25.
Phil Yerby, the action group’s chairman, said the raising of £32,000 was a great sign of the community opposition to the Hampden Fields project.
Mr Yerby said: “This shows the depth, breadth and strength of feeling that people have.
“We have had hundreds of individual donations from all over the Aylesbury area and it has been a tremendous effort from everybody.
“Our case is building momentum. Every report I see from our professional people leads me to believe that the flaws in the Hampden Fields case are being more and more exposed. We are determined to expose those flaws at the inquiry.”
Although the group has raised enough to surpass its initial target, Mr Yerby urged opponents to continue donating so more professional witnesses can be employed to strengthen the case.
Visit www.hampdenfieldsactiongroup.com to find out more and donate.