Greenbelt group to protest against plans

Farmer Jim Telfer and his daughter Mary Begbie at his Old Pentland Farm in Damhead. He and locals are fighting against his eviction from the farm for the new film studios planned for the area

Farmer Jim Telfer and his daughter Mary Begbie at his Old Pentland Farm in Damhead. He and locals are fighting against his eviction from the farm for the new film studios planned for the area

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Community group ‘Protect Damhead’s Greenbelt’ is holding an event to highlight its fight against plans for a film studio on farmland.

From 11am-2pm on Saturday at Old Pentland Farm, speakers will air their views about the plans.

Damhead’s farmland is under threat from the Pentland film studios, a hotel, 750 houses, a power station, a dual carriageway and an extension of the out of town Straiton Retail Park.

Nathalie Holbrook from the group, said: “Come and help build solidarity to protect farmland from going under concrete.

“We are gathering to show our support for our farmers and community, to fight the loss of good quality farmland, to acknowledge the importance of food production and the need to protect our soils.

“We have had enough of external developers imposing their ambitions on our lives and communities and we are demanding planning democracy to insure transparency of planning applications and for community voices to be listened to in the planning system.”