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Go-ahead for Mumbles development on common land

June 27, 2011

Swansea Council has given outline planning permission to Amusement Equipment Co Ltd for a major development on the headland and foreshore at Mumbles. The society, the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), Martin Caton MP, and the Gower Society were among the numerous objectors whose concerns have been overruled. Says our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook: ‘The…

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Sugary Green, Dartmouth, saved

June 21, 2011

The outstanding natural beauty of Sugary Green (near Castle Cove, Dartmouth) and its breathtaking view of the mouth of the river Dart have been protected for ever. When a major development of the site, with infrastructure and parking, was proposed in 2009, local publisher Richard Webb formed The Friends of Sugary Green, an action group…

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Chiltern common saved from enclosure

June 2, 2011

We are relieved that the environment secretary has rejected plans by the Nettlebed and District Commons Conservators to erect more than two kilometres of fencing around Kingwood Common in the Oxfordshire Chilterns. The application for works on the common under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 was heard at a public inquiry in April,…

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Welsh minister rejects wind turbine on common

May 13, 2011

The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing has refused consent to Awel Aman Tawe to erect a wind turbine, hard standing and access tracks on common land in south Wales. The threatened common is Cefn Gwrhyd Common in the community of Cwmllynfell in Neath Port Talbot. Although Awel Aman Tawe had obtained planning consent for…

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Outdoor enthusiasts speak up for forest access

May 10, 2011

Nine organisations, representing a broad range of people who care about and enjoy the great outdoors, have today (10 May) issued a statement to the chair of the Independent Panel on Forestry, Bishop of Liverpool James Jones, expressing their concerns and hopes for the future of public access to all our forests and woodland. The…

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One quarter of new Assembly Members support our action plan for Wales

May 9, 2011

Fifteen of the 60 members of the National Assembly for Wales have supported, wholly or largely, the Open Spaces Society’s 12-point Action Plan for Wales. We sent the plan, through our members in Wales and from our headquarters, to all the candidates in the recent election, asking for their backing. The 15 Assembly Members are:…

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Open Spaces Society fights development on Ellonby Common

May 8, 2011

The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s leading pressure-group for common land, has objected to a planning appeal which would damage Ellonby Common, in the parish of Skelton five miles north-west of Penrith in Cumbria.  The application for a dwelling next to the common with a driveway across it was rejected by Eden District Council last September,…

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Our blueprint for green-space law

April 21, 2011

We have made a bid to save unconsidered scraps and patches of land from development and neglect. Responding to the government’s proposal for ‘a new designation to protect green areas of particular importance to local communities’(1) the society points out that these are likely to be small and often not very green─but of great value…

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Public inquiry opens into plan to enclose chiltern common

April 19, 2011

On 19 April a public inquiry opens into plans by the Nettlebed and District Commons Conservators to erect more than two kilometres of fencing around the lovely Kingwood Common in the Oxfordshire Chilterns. We are among the objectors. The society has objected on three counts. 1. We believe that the law does not allow Kingwood…

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Unique Staines Moor is saved

April 15, 2011

Heathrow Airtrack has abandoned its plans for a new rail-link which would have taken a chunk of Staines Moor common in Surrey. Last year we strongly opposed the application for a land swap to enable the common to be used. We argued that the land being offered in exchange was grossly inferior to the land…

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