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We condemn plan to flog off part of unique Crystal Palace Park

August 5, 2010

The London Development Agency’s plan to flog off part of Crystal Palace Park, in the London Borough of Bromley, has been approved, following a public inquiry last summer. The plans from the LDA form part of an ambitious regeneration scheme for the park, with disposal of parts of the park for private housing helping to…

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Closure of Waterfoot path

August 5, 2010

An inspector acting for the environment secretary has ruled that Rawtenstall public footpath number 237 should be closed, to enable Lancashire County Council to build a new Waterfoot Primary School. There were nine objections, from the Open Spaces Society, Rossendale Ramblers and others, to Lancashire County Council’s plan to stop up the path, and a…

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Bodmin Moor saved from monstrous turbines

July 29, 2010

We are delighted that Cornwall Council’s planning committee has rejected the application for 20 wind turbines at Davidstow Wood, adjoining Bodmin Moor, at its meeting on 22 July. Says Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary: ‘We opposed the application because of the disastrous effect these monstrous turbines and their associated development would have on the beautiful,…

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Plans for Picket Mead Common rejected

July 22, 2010

Swansea Council’s South West Area Planning Committee has rejected an application from Carrington Moore Estates, in which the former Welsh rugby captain Andy Moore has an interest, which threatened Picket Mead Common at Newton.(2) The planning application was for five detached dwellings and associated works at Picket Mead House, Murton Lane. The officers recommended approval…

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Abolition of the Commons Commissioners: our response

July 22, 2010

The Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, has announced that she intends to abolish the Commons Commissioners (22 July). We are sad to see the passing of the Commons Commissioners, who played an important role in determining the common-land maps of today, a band of erudite lawyers who travelled the length and breadth of England and Wales…

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Public inquiry opens into mountain-top wind factory

July 21, 2010

‘The unique landscape of Mynydd y Gwair should be treasured not trashed.’ So says the Open Spaces Society(1) as the public inquiry opens into RWE Npower Renewables’ application to build 19 wind turbines on the lovely mountain top of Mynydd y Gwair, eight miles north of Swansea. The inquiry started on Tuesday 20 July. We…

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Dismay at new tennis-courts on common land

July 21, 2010

Three new tennis-courts and other works have been permitted on Therfield Heath Common in Hertfordshire. The Conservators of Therfield Heath, on behalf of Royston Tennis Club, sought consent from the Planning Inspectorate, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006, for three new and three replacement tennis-courts, lighting columns, a log-cabin clubhouse and mesh fencing…

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Don’t cut the countryside!

July 14, 2010

England’s conservation organisations have joined forces to paint a grim picture of a countryside starved of money by budget cuts. On the 30th anniversary of the Wildlife and Countryside Link, of which the Open Spaces Society is a member, its members have issued an unprecedented warning about what the future would hold should the Government…

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Governments should recognise the ‘secret gems’—our common land

July 13, 2010

‘The governments in England and Wales should recognise that common land matters.’ So declared Paul Clayden, our vice-president, who chaired our annual general meeting on 6 July. ‘Commons are the secret gems in our landscape, ancient places which have remained largely unchanged through history. We are dismayed that the Westminster government is so dilatory about…

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Belvoir wind turbines rejected

July 13, 2010

Plans for eight wind-turbines at Palmers Hollow, Bottesford, Leicestershire, have been rejected by a government inspector. The developer, Ridgewind, appealed because Melton Borough Council failed to determine the planning application within the statutory period, and the case was heard by inspector Chris Frost at an 11-day public inquiry. We objected to the application, along with…

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