DESPITE opposition from Amesbury Town Council and 39 letters of objection, approval has been given to demolish Austin Underwood's former home at Earls Court Road, Amesbury, replacing it with five houses and 10 parking spaces.

Bordering Amesbury's conservation area, this is part of the old village.

Arguments about “urban regeneration” are therefore nonsense. No one in Amesbury wants to see a row of overbearing, cloned, Archer's Gate-type houses here.

We are determined to reclaim the site and establish a mental health recovery college there (

We already have expertise, enthusiasm and powerful principles of peer support behind us.

Collared doves, blackbirds and robins have nested in the garden for years.

Wiltshire Council's own directive means that nothing can be done for six months as “damage to extensive areas that could contain nests/breeding birds should be undertaken outside the breeding season between March 1 and August 31”.

This is a public appeal to the developer to kindly cut his losses and to the public to please help buy him out.

Ruth Underwood, Amesbury