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Amenity groups deplore destruction of New Road Common, Kendal 

October 4, 2023

The Open Spaces Society and Friends of the Lake District have deplored the decision of a planning inspector to allow flood-defence works on New Road Common in the heart of Kendal in Cumbria (now Westmorland and Furness).  The application, made by the Environment Agency, followed hard on the heels of a damaging application for neighbouring…

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Missing piece of Hudnall Common is restored

July 13, 2023

We are delighted by the decision of Hertfordshire County Council, the commons registration authority, to grant our application to register as common land just under four hectares adjoining the northern boundary of Hudnall Common, Hertfordshire. The land, which is one mile east of Little Gaddesden, comprises trees, ferns and bushy undergrowth and was formerly part…

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Barking Tye common: a useful judgment

March 6, 2023

We challenged in the high court the decision of an inspector, appointed by the environment secretary, to grant consent under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 for works on common land at Barking Tye in mid-Suffolk. Although he dismissed our appeal, the judge, Sir Ross Cranston, provided important clarification on the principles to be…

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Works compound rejected on Chobham Common, Surrey

September 2, 2022

We have welcomed the decision of an inspector to refuse consent for a new works-compound on Chobham Common in Surrey. The works were proposed by Sunningdale golf club, for which an application for consent was made under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006. Sunningdale new course lies largely on Chobham Common, whereas the old…

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