AN EXHIBITION featuring paintings created as part of a Bewdley campaign against a proposed housing development on green fields have gone on display.

St George’s Hall in Bewdley will host the ‘Bewdley Fields Forever’ exhibition in its Community Café until Saturday, February 10.

The ‘Bewdley Says No To Gladman’ campaign group organised the competition last summer to celebrate the beauty of the landscape and illustrate why plans to build 195 houses on land off Bark Hill should be rejected.

It drew dozens of entries, including two from youngsters living in America.

The overall winner of ‘Bewdley Fields Forever, was Helen Whatcott who was handed a signed Hilary J Baker print plus an art masterclass at her studio. Katie Lloyd was named as runner-up and wins a signed print.

The junior section was won by the Bewdley Cubs team of Flynn Beacham, Henry Fradgley, Euan Barley and Elliot Munn who won an art set, signed postcard of a print and a signed print for the cub hut.

‘Bewdley Says No To Gladman’ was established in response to the application by property speculator Gladman Developments.

Gladman believes its plan, which includes provision for 59 affordable homes, will address an urgent need for more housing in the town.

Their proposal was thrown out by Wyre Forest District Council but the land speculator appealed and a public inquiry was heard by the planning inspectorate in October, the result of which is anticipated in March.