Archive for August 2012

Chippenham Mead village green saved from development

The Welsh Government has not given consent for an application from Monmouth Sports Club to erect a large covered shelter on Chippenham Mead village green, Monmouth, in connection with the sporting activities there.. The club applied to the Welsh Government for permission to construct the works on the village green having obtained planning permission. Mr…

0 Shares
Read More

We oppose Somerset sun-factory

We have objected to an application from AEE Renewables for 22,000 solar panels, security fencing and associated equipment on fields in rural Somerset, close to public footpaths. In the application it is called a ‘solar farm’. The site is about a mile east of Shepton Mallet in the parish of Doulting. The planning application will…

0 Shares
Read More

Win at Westfield Common, Woking

A public-inquiry inspector has thrown out plans by Woking Borough Council for a land swap at Westfield Common, Woking in Surrey.  The council wanted to build an access road across the common to the potential housing development nearby.  The proposal was rejected by inspector Mrs Helen Slade following a public inquiry last June.  This is the council’s second…

0 Shares
Read More

Fencing plan rejected on Telscombe Tye Common

A public-inquiry inspector has rejected Telscombe Town Council’s application for fencing of parts of Telscombe Tye Common, north of Peacehaven in East Sussex. The inquiry was held in June this year into the council’s application, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006, for works on common land.  The objectors included the British Horse Society. …

0 Shares
Read More

Meopham’s ‘model’ path-campaign group

‘Meopham and District Footpaths Group is a model for local action groups throughout the country.’  So said our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, at the Meopham Footpath Group’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations today  (Saturday 18 August).  ‘For the last 50 years the group has combined campaigning for its local paths with an excellent walks programme.  The Open…

0 Shares
Read More

Octavia – open spaces champion

Octavia Hill was an activist and committee member of the Open Spaces Society 20 years before she helped to found the National Trust. She campaigned for open spaces and public paths for the benefit of the public. We celebrated the centenary of her death on 13 April, and Radio 4 had a programme about her life.

0 Shares
Read More

Active travel plans for Wales: proceed with caution

We have responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the Active Travel (Wales) Bill. While we welcome the focus on walking and cycling, as healthy, sustainable and enjoyable means of travel, we are worried that if the Welsh Government gives the local authorities new duties to create integrated networks for walkers and cyclists, their existing…

0 Shares
Read More

Planning defeat at Crook

We are delighted that a proposed planning application affecting rights of way at Crook in County Durham has been defeated. The proposal involved the change of use of a piece of land to private gardens and the consequent extinguishment under section 247 of the Highways Act of two sections of public right of way affected…

0 Shares
Read More

Works approved on Lindfield Common

The environment secretary has granted Lindfield Cricket Club consent for works on Lindfield Common, north of Haywards Heath in West Sussex. The society, with Lindfield Parish Council and some individuals, objected to the application under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 for the extension of the cricket pavilion, two permanent cricket-nets, and other works.…

0 Shares
Read More