Fears over ''historic green'' .
Keeping the countryside in green open spaces, beautiful views where village life should be treated the same way as historic homes and preserved for life... Village open spaces are rapidly diminishing from the prey of new developments in Britons race to supply the housing and infrastructure that Europe so desperately needs. In desperation the villagers of the Old historic village ''Cookham''are campaining against any roads or housing to their little pricey conservation area ''Cookham Pound''.... .
Residents living near a rural area made famous by British artist Sir Stanley Spencer are angry at plans to build housing and a relief road on the site.
Following a High Court battle it became a conservation area.
But the parish council's recently published 20-year plan includes a proposal for affordable housing, plus a one-way relief road to ease congestion.
Villagers have fought for years to keep developers away from the site, which they say attracts interest because the land is so valuable.
It's important to say that the council don't want to take sides
Cookham parish council spokeswoman
Sir Stanley Spencer, whose work hangs in the Tate Gallery in London, was born in Cookham and the area often features in his work.
Sara Maynard, who lives in the village, said the proposal would ruin the site.
"I live opposite the Poundfield and it's a beautiful view. It's just lovely for the kids and it's going to ruin it," she said.
Sally Powell, who is also a resident, said she felt the plan would be "taking our countryside away".
"I'd like to keep it more like a village and less of a town," she said.