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In 1996 Falfield faced 3 sets of planning applications from the house builder Bovis. They had lodged plans with the then Northavon District Council to build between 250 and 5,000 homes on farmland between Moorslade Lane and Sundayshill Hill Lane.
Villagers got together and formed “Falfield Action Group” to fight alongside the Parish Council to get these planning applications turned down by the then planning committee on Northavon District Council. With the help of others, among them The Campaign for Rural England all three applications were turned down. However Bovis decided to appeal to the Secret ray of State and a year later the appeal was due to take place in Thornbury but a couple of weeks before the appeal Bovis withdraw their appeal and nothing was heard of them again.
Below are a small number of paper clippings taken from local and national newspapers of the time.