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Developers must heed common land and public paths

January 28, 2010

‘Developers must be aware of registered common land and public paths on their land before they finalise their plans—or they will have to face big hold-ups.’ This is our response to the Penfold Review of Non-Planning Consents (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills).  The aim of the review is ‘to explore whether the process for…

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Anger at West Sussex County Council’s decision on National Park

January 28, 2010

Countryside organizations have today reacted angrily to the news that West Sussex County Council has ignored pleas from the public, environmental organizations and even its own Environment Committee about public paths in the South Downs National Park.  The County Council has announced it will definitely take back the maintenance of rights of way and countryside…

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We speak out to save Kensington’s Athlone gardens

January 27, 2010

‘Catastrophic’ is how we have described the effect of the proposed redevelopment of Wornington Green Estate, London W10, on the adjoining Athlone Gardens (1). Our London representative, Bernard Selwyn, has written to Kensington and Chelsea Council to object to the Kensington Housing Trust’s planning application because of its effect on Athlone Gardens.  Says Bernard:  ‘The…

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Mountain-top wind factory

January 21, 2010

We have welcomed the recommendation from Swansea’s planning officers to reject the application from N Power Renewables Ltd to erect 19 wind turbines on Mynydd y Gwair Common, a beauty-spot eight miles north of Swansea.. Swansea’s planning committee meets on Thursday (21 January) to determine the controversial application. We are delighted that the officers are…

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Think again West Sussex!

January 21, 2010

Countryside organizations have today welcomed the recommendation that West Sussex County Council should reconsider its position on rights of way in the South Downs National Park.  The recommendation was made by the County Council’s environment committee which said they felt the South Downs Society, the Access Forum, parish councils and other county councils should be…

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Pressure for call-in for Davidstow wind-turbines

January 11, 2010

We have written to the Government Office for the South West urging the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to call in the planning application for 20 wind-turbines at Davidstow Wood, near Camelford in Cornwall.  Cornwall Council’s planning committee approved the turbines, against its officers’ advice, last October.  However, the Government Office for…

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Centenary of ‘landmark law’

January 4, 2010

This year marks the centenary of the Finance Act 1910, a landmark law which has proved valuable in claiming routes as public paths for the definitive (official) map of rights of way in England and Wales. David Lloyd George’s Finance Act 1910 introduced a tax on land, but landowners could apply for a reduction in…

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Beauty-spot blot

January 4, 2010

We have objected to a retrospective planning application for a high, galvanised-steel ‘gate’ at Turville, Bucks, on a hilltop in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Michael and Carol Clare of Turville Court, part of a 22 million-pound estate, erected a green metal structure, nearly three metres high and five metres…

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We slate Thanet’s plan to sell beauty spot

December 18, 2009

We have objected strongly to plans by Thanet District Council to sell its land below Ramsgate’s West Cliff in Kent.  Thanet Council has consulted local people about this and we are backing the objection by our member, Pegwell and District Association, and many individuals. This lovely area of wild greenspace, at the far end of…

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Village Greens review is unnecessary and premature

December 18, 2009

‘The proposed review of the process for registering new town and village greens is unnecessary and premature.’ This is our response the recently-announced review by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).(1) Says our case officer, Nicola Hodgson: ‘The current process for registering land as greens in England only took effect in April…

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