As local residents will know, I have been very active in recent months in relation to the issue of the unauthorised development of the Peasdale Hill Field at Middleton and earlier this week, I submitted my formal objection to planning application NC/21/00036/DPA relating to this site. Residents in Middleton and the surrounding villages understandably feel very frustrated, upset and distressed that their area is being disproportionately affected by planning applications of this nature and also feel very strongly that what originated as unauthorised development at Peasdale Hill Field should not now be granted planning permission - only serving to condone those actions and setting an unacceptable and regrettable precedent. I am very sympathetic to this point. Ultimately, the planning rules are there for everyone and should be adhered to - without exception. Illegal development should in no way be encouraged. With that in mind, I very much hope councillors will throw this flawed application out.