DESPITE the recent report of the UK’s severe bungalow shortage, especially in Greater Manchester, one of the few available here is endangered.

For many elderly and disabled folk, a bungalow is the only option for staying in a home of their own.

Yet in Brook Avenue, Timperley, a landlord has applied for planning permission to demolish a bungalow to erect three tightly packed, high-rise structures.

These would occupy most of the current garden. The bungalow itself is attractive, structurally sound and in excellent condition – why demolish it?

The garden adjoins Timperley Brook, a major biological corridor, providing a semi-wild habitat for protected and endangered wildlife.

These include wood mice, Pipistrelle bats and hedgehogs (increasingly endangered); greater spotted woodpeckers, kingfishers and herons; frogs, toads and newts; and various rare species of butterfly and other invertebrates.

Dense, high-rise housing is best built on derelict industrial land — not on attractive residential gardens and major wildlife habitats.

The landlord has already felled three mature trees in the garden — including beautiful weeping willows.

Such actions surely speak for themselves.

To raise objections you can consult the Trafford Council planning committee website.

Simon Cooper

Brook Lane