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New Planning Practice Guidelines published

March 7, 2014

In a written statement on 6 March, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning, Nick Boles, announced the publication of the Coalition Government’s updated Planning Practice Guidelines. In his statement, Mr Boles refers to the government’s commitment to ensuring that countryside and environmental protections continue to be safeguarded and that power is devolved, not…

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Residents save Bucks green

February 28, 2014

Congratulations to our member the Penn & Tylers Green Residents’ Society in Bucks who have won a five-year campaign to register two verges as village green and have set an excellent example to other communities. The land consists of two, wide, roadside verges leading from the Hazlemere to Penn road (the B474) into Coppice Farm…

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Welsh Government’s threat to village greens

February 20, 2014

We have responded robustly to the Welsh Government’s draft Planning Bill in which it proposes to prohibit the registration of land as a town or village green where it has been identified for development. The government also plans to enable landowners to deposit statements with the registration (unitary) authority, challenging people’s use of the land…

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Saving Welsh village greens from changes in planning law

February 17, 2014

The Open Spaces Society opposes the Welsh Government’s draconian proposals in its draft Planning Bill to make it more difficult for people to register  land as a town or village green.  The government wants to prohibit applications where land has been identified for planning, and to enable landowners to submit declarations to the common registration…

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Government’s new attack on beleaguered green spaces

February 12, 2014

Update:  On 28 January, the order was confirmed by both Houses, see below: House of Commons debate House of Lords debate Read the confirmed order here. The government has struck yet another blow at open spaces. On Tuesday 28 January parliamentary committees will be asked to rubber-stamp a set of measures which make it even…

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Court ruling gives green light to developers on open spaces

February 6, 2014

‘A black ruling for greens’, is how we responded to the judgment* in the Supreme Court yesterday (5 February) which gives a green light to developers who want to build on open spaces. The court ruled that village greens at Curtis Fields at Weymouth in Dorset and Clayton Fields at Kirklees, West Yorkshire, must be…

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Disused railway should be village green for Llanmorlais

January 21, 2014

The community of Llanmorlais, a small village seven miles west of Swansea, could see a strip of disused railway confirmed as their village green after a public inquiry in March. James Matthews, an Open Spaces Society member, has made the application after villagers completed evidence of their uninterrupted use of the land for 20 years.…

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Last chance to save Dorset village green

January 13, 2014

We are supporting our member the Society for the Protection of Markham and Little Francis at a hearing in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (15 January 2014). The local society will seek to persuade the court to uphold the registration of the village green on the outskirts of Weymouth, Dorset.  This is the last chance…

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We fight commercial use of public open space in Dulwich

January 7, 2014

We have opposed a planning application for a commercial children’s day-nursery on Dulwich sports ground at Turney Road in Southwark.  The application has been made by Southwark Community Sports Trust to provide revenue for the trust to maintain the sports ground.  There are many local objectors including the Friends of Belair Park. We consider that…

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Open space at Longbenton, North Tyneside protected as village green

December 11, 2013

The Fusilier Field at Longbenton in North Tyneside has been registered as a village green, and can be enjoyed by local people for ever more. The application to register was made to North Tyneside Council by Christine Kay and Alasdair & Dorothy Wilson with support from the Fusilier Field Action Group, a member of the…

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