DEVELOPMENT Stand up to the scrawl

We agree wholeheartedly with Jessica Harris (News Post Leader, June 25). The stunning south Northumberland landscape seems to be rapidly disappearing under miles of ugly housing estates. These environmentally-rich greenfield sites are being erased forever.

People already complain about congestion on the roads. Inevitably, with more population will come yet more traffic, and more commuters fighting their way between the towns.

A lesson should be learned from the expansion of other towns and cities which have sprawled across Britain.

More housing means more roads, which means more congestion, which means more roads to try to relieve the problem. Then more housing estates are built along the roads, and so on.

Our city suburbs began this way and are now literally concrete for tens of miles.

People want to move to this area because of the beautiful surrounding countryside.

So isn’t it ironic that their houses may destroy the reason they came here in the first place.

How long the area will remain unspoilt depends now on how willing we are to stand up and demand a halt to its destruction.

As the saying goes, ‘you don’t know what you have until it’s gone’.

Stephen H Robey

Louise M Martin