Archive for February 2017

We call for speed limit on lethal road across common

We have joined the call for a 30-mph speed limit on the A44 road where it crosses Bringsty Common in Herefordshire.  The present speed limit is 50 mph. The current speed-limit allows vehicles to travel far too fast along this dangerous, winding road, which risks the lives of those using the tracks which lead onto…

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Council rejects development on public copse at Watton, Driffield

East Riding of Yorkshire’s planning committee has today unanimously rejected a planning application for retrospective consent to use Watton Copse for an oil-storage tank and domestic purposes including car-parking.  The land adjoins Vicarage Close in Watton, about five miles south of Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The council’s director of planning and economic regeneration,…

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Harrogate Borough Council backs down on Stray plans

  We warmly welcome Harrogate Borough Council’s decision to drop its plans to extend and expand the use of Harrogate Stray for commercial activities.  The Stray is a historic green space at the heart of the town. The council was proposing to extend beyond 35 days the number of days on which events could be…

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Vineyard development rejected in Kent beauty-spot

Gravesham Borough Council has refused a planning application from Mr Gurmeet Bassi for development in connection with his vineyard at Meopham in Kent.  This is in a prominent position in an area of natural beauty, close to popular public footpaths. The application included a new barn for storage, workshop, office and meeting room, hardstanding for…

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We press government to take urgent action to save parks

We are disappointed that the House of Commons Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, in its recent report on public parks, has rejected the proposal that a statutory duty be placed on local authorities to provide and maintain parks. The CLG Committee held an inquiry into public parks and asked three questions: why parks matter, what…

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Red card for Merton Council over blacktop on green

A member of the Open Spaces Society, Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage, has today published a report on works undertaken on the Mitcham town greens by Merton Council which accuses the council of ignoring statutory controls and illegally developing valuable open space. The works, undertaken in June 2016, involved operations along Cranmer Road and…

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Closing the environmental impact assessment loophole on commons

We have called upon Defra to revoke its long-standing but unlawful exemption of works on common land from environmental impact assessment (EIA). The Government has recently concluded a consultation on implementing an amending directive (Directive 2014/52/EU) on EIA. The consultation includes proposals to amend regulations* which apply EIA to agricultural development projects with likely significant…

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Our four-point plan to improve paths in Powys

We have called on Powys County Council to step up its work in maintaining and promoting the county’s public-path network. The society was responding to a consultation on the council’s revised rights-of-way improvement plan (ROWIP). Our Radnorshire representative, Peter Newman, says that much of the public-rights-of-way network in Powys is ‘dire’ and that in many…

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