Archive for November 2016

Threat to Harrogate’s ancient Stray

Harrogate Borough Council in North Yorkshire plans to extend and expand the use of Harrogate Stray for commercial activities.  The Stray, 80 hectares of open grassland embracing the town, has existed for centuries.  Residents and visitors enjoy this beautiful green space for quiet recreation. The council is consulting the public on its proposals to weaken…

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Festival closure of internationally-acclaimed footpath

We have objected to plans by the Henley Festival for the temporary closure of the Thames Path National Trail in July 2017. Every year since 1998 the Festival has applied to Wokingham Borough Council, the highway authority, for the temporary closure of the path during the Festival, and the council has agreed.  The Open Spaces…

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New threat of wind turbines in Cambrian Mountains

Powys County Council proposes to designate Local Search Areas (LSAs), where wind and solar generation will be encouraged.  The result could be many wind turbines and other structures on the mountains of central Wales.  The proposals are made in the county’s Local Development Plan on which the public’s views are sought. We have objected most strongly. …

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We slate sales of unique Brighton downland

We have written to Brighton councillors to condemn the sale of Brighton’s unique downland, much of it within the South Downs National Park. A number of sites have already been sold and others are under offer, with the council’s agents Savills.  Brighton and Hove City Council plans to sell more than 100 acres of downland…

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We oppose public-path changes in Meopham, Kent

We have objected to plans from a landowner to move public footpaths onto inferior routes, to accommodate a vineyard, at Meopham in Kent.  We are backing our member the Meopham and District Footpaths Group in fighting the proposals. The landowner, Mr G Bassi, says that he bought the land with the intention of expanding his…

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Damaging development in the heart of the Chiltern Hills

We have objected to plans from the Well Place Manor Trust to build a private equestrian development in an unspoilt valley in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site, at Skirmett in Bucks, has been the subject of many previous planning applications, most of which have been rejected by Wycombe…

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