Archive for June 2013

Relief that Natural England will stay independent

We are relieved at the government’s announcement that Natural England will not be merged with the Environment Agency.  In response to the consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) earlier this year on the triennial review of these bodies, the society had called for Natural England to be retained as a…

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Ministers will shoot themselves in the feet if they slash England’s coastal access

Ministers will be shooting themselves in the feet if they slash the England coast path and its adjoining access-land when they announce government spending cuts tomorrow (26 June). The society was reacting to comments made by the environment minister, Richard Benyon, at the Royal Cornwall Show and reported in Farmers’ Weekly (14 June), that government…

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Lancashire beauty-spot windfarm rejected

We are delighted that Lancaster City Council’s planning committee yesterday (Monday) unanimously refused the third application from Community Windpower Ltd for wind turbines on Claughton and Whit Moor, Lancashire. The application was to erect 10 wind turbines on common land in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We backed Stop Claughton Turbines…

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New edition of our greens bible

We have published the third edition of Getting Green Registered, our handbook on how to register land as a town or village green in England and Wales. The book includes the changes to the law, made by the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 in April, which make it harder to register land as a green…

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Whitby village-green plan goes to Supreme Court

The Open Spaces Society and members of Helredale Neighbourhood Council (HNC) in Whitby, North Yorkshire, are delighted that the application to register Helredale playing fields as a village green will be heard in the Supreme Court. The news came last month that the applicants had won leave to appeal. The application for a green was…

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Tannen Land, Strete, is now a green

We are delighted that our member Richard Hacon and other local people have succeeded in registering Tannen Land, at Strete in south Devon, as a village green. Devon County Council approved the registration of the two-acre site last month. With advice from the society, Richard obtained evidence of use from local people and submitted this…

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OSS wins Elinor Ostrom Award

We have won a prestigious international award for our work on common land. Our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, received the first-ever Elinor Ostrom Award at a global conference in Japan last week. The award was established by 15 institutions in memory of the renowned academic expert on commons, Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University, who died…

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Haslingden footpaths saved

We are delighted to have helped save two public footpaths which cross Helmshore Primary School’s playing-fields at Haslingden, Lancashire. Lancashire County Council, the landowner, wanted to move the paths out of the way. They were only added to the official map of public paths in 2011 and have been blocked ever since by the school’s…

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