Archive for January 2010

Beauty-spot path on Cornish coast to be reopened at last

The claimed footpath at Carlyon Bay, St Austell in Cornwall is at last being reopened, after being submerged by development.  The society’s members Gloria and Peter Price have led the campaign to win back the path. The Prices claimed the route, from Beach Road to the former Coliseum Building, for the official map of public…

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Developers must heed common land and public paths

‘Developers must be aware of registered common land and public paths on their land before they finalise their plans—or they will have to face big hold-ups.’ This is our response to the Penfold Review of Non-Planning Consents (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills).  The aim of the review is ‘to explore whether the process for…

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Anger at West Sussex County Council’s decision on National Park

Countryside organizations have today reacted angrily to the news that West Sussex County Council has ignored pleas from the public, environmental organizations and even its own Environment Committee about public paths in the South Downs National Park.  The County Council has announced it will definitely take back the maintenance of rights of way and countryside…

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We speak out to save Kensington’s Athlone gardens

‘Catastrophic’ is how we have described the effect of the proposed redevelopment of Wornington Green Estate, London W10, on the adjoining Athlone Gardens (1). Our London representative, Bernard Selwyn, has written to Kensington and Chelsea Council to object to the Kensington Housing Trust’s planning application because of its effect on Athlone Gardens.  Says Bernard:  ‘The…

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Mountain-top wind factory

We have welcomed the recommendation from Swansea’s planning officers to reject the application from N Power Renewables Ltd to erect 19 wind turbines on Mynydd y Gwair Common, a beauty-spot eight miles north of Swansea.. Swansea’s planning committee meets on Thursday (21 January) to determine the controversial application. We are delighted that the officers are…

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Think again West Sussex!

Countryside organizations have today welcomed the recommendation that West Sussex County Council should reconsider its position on rights of way in the South Downs National Park.  The recommendation was made by the County Council’s environment committee which said they felt the South Downs Society, the Access Forum, parish councils and other county councils should be…

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Pressure for call-in for Davidstow wind-turbines

We have written to the Government Office for the South West urging the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to call in the planning application for 20 wind-turbines at Davidstow Wood, near Camelford in Cornwall.  Cornwall Council’s planning committee approved the turbines, against its officers’ advice, last October.  However, the Government Office for…

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Centenary of ‘landmark law’

This year marks the centenary of the Finance Act 1910, a landmark law which has proved valuable in claiming routes as public paths for the definitive (official) map of rights of way in England and Wales. David Lloyd George’s Finance Act 1910 introduced a tax on land, but landowners could apply for a reduction in…

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Beauty-spot blot

We have objected to a retrospective planning application for a high, galvanised-steel ‘gate’ at Turville, Bucks, on a hilltop in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Michael and Carol Clare of Turville Court, part of a 22 million-pound estate, erected a green metal structure, nearly three metres high and five metres…

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