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Unbounded freedom

December 20, 2013

Andrew Humphries, experienced hill-farmer and teacher, writes about the contribution of the Lake District yeomen.   Unbounded freedom ruled the wandering scene Nor fence of ownership crept in between To hide the prospect of the following eye Its only bondage was the circling sky. (John Clare 1792-1864) Writing when enclosure and ‘high farming’ were in…

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Good outcome for Lobden Common, Lancashire

September 16, 2013

We are relieved that the Planning Inspectorate has imposed conditions on the Lobden Golf Club’s proposed upgraded road across Lobden Common, Whitworth in Lancashire, to mitigate its adverse effect on the common. Lobden Golf Club wanted to upgrade and tarmac the road in front of the golf club. Because this is on common land, the…

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Lancashire beauty-spot windfarm rejected

June 25, 2013

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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Haslingden footpaths saved

June 4, 2013

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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Is no landscape safe? Threat of turbines in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

April 11, 2013

Community Windpower Ltd wants to erect 10 wind turbines on common land in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire. The application has been submitted to Lancaster City Council and is the company’s third attempt to put turbines on the lovely Claughton Moor and Whit Moor. We are backing Stop Claughton…

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We lend our voice to Cumbrian turbine fight

March 21, 2013

We have added our voice to the opposition to wind turbines near Killington Reservoir in Cumbria, and have sent an objection to South Lakeland District Council. The council is considering an application from Banks Renewables Ltd for three wind turbines and associated development, just north of Killington Reservoir (junction 37 on the M6).  Junction 37…

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Fence allowed on Lancashire common—but only for ten years

March 4, 2013

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has allowed fencing on Champion Moss in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lancashire but has limited the consent to ten years. The application was made by Mr Thomas Woodcock of Slaidburn for the erection of stock-proof fencing around 11 acres of…

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Our dismay at approval of cycleway on Cumbrian coastal common

January 2, 2013

We are dismayed that the Planning Inspectorate has approved a plan by Cumbria County Council to construct a cycleway on registered common land at Scadbeck and Crosscanonby foreshore on the Cumbrian Coast. Although the council had planning permission it was required in addition to obtain consent for works on common land, under section 38 of…

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Plan to move footpaths at Helmshore School

September 11, 2012

We have objected to plans from Lancashire County Council to move newly-claimed footpaths which cross an open field at Helmshore School, Haslingden.  The paths were claimed by the Helmshore Community Action Group, members of the Open Spaces Society, and added to the official path-map last November. The routes have been illegally blocked by fencing and…

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Kendal village green saved from golfing development

July 11, 2012

South Lakeland District Council has refused planning consent to Kendal Golf Club for a covered driving-range on Kendal Fell, a Cumbrian village green. The planning authority rejected the application principally because it would be visually intrusive and over-prominent in the landscape, and it would be detrimental to the public’s use and enjoyment of the land.…

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