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Development which threatens ‘Poohsticks path’ should be called in

May 10, 2010

We have called on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to call in the controversial application for a riding arena across a public footpath at Hartfield in East Sussex.  The path is used by walkers heading to the famous Poohsticks Bridge in Ashdown Forest.  Wealden District Council’s Planning Sub-Committee North is due…

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Beauty-spot footpaths saved

May 4, 2010

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has ruled that two popular and well-used footpaths at the fifteenth-century Sudeley Castle, near Winchcombe in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will remain public rights of way. Welcoming the decision, our local correspondent, Gerry Stewart, said, ‘We were delighted to support the many…

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We fight microlights in North Bucks countryside

April 28, 2010

We have objected to a planning application for retrospective consent to fly microlight aircraft from Bernwood Farm, Botolph Claydon, in north Buckinghamshire.  Botolph Claydon and its surroundings are extremely tranquil and unspoilt, unusually so for Buckinghamshire.  The microlight aircraft, which are being flown here unlawfully, without planning permission, destroy the peace of the area.  In…

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Hardy heritage under threat

April 23, 2010

We have objected to a plan to move the historic footpath leading to the cottage where Thomas Hardy’s fictitious heroine, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, was born and brought up. Dorset County Council has received an application from the owner of Tess Cottage (formerly Barton Cottage) to move Marnhull footpath 25, which currently follows an historic…

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Englefield Green village green is saved

April 16, 2010

We are celebrating the decision by Helen Slade of the Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the environment secretary, to refuse consent for works on Englefield Green village green in Surrey. The land is widely used by local people, and the inspector confirmed that the public have the right to enjoy the green for air and…

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Path claimed at Brook, Surrey

March 31, 2010

A public footpath will be added to the official map of rights of way, thanks to the efforts of our local correspondent, Ralph Holmes.  Ralph, who covers Waverley Borough in Surrey claimed a footpath on the Rockwood Estate, Brook, near Witley.  The path runs from near West Lodge on Haslemere Road (the A286) to Parsonage…

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Ten-point plan for candidates

March 29, 2010

We have published our ten-point plan for candidates in the general election, and have asked them to sign up to it. To see the names of those who have said they support it, in whole or part, click here. Action plan 1. A right of appeal, and a requirement to provide suitable alternative land, before public…

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New package to rescue lost ways

March 25, 2010

We have welcomed the package of proposals to government from the Stakeholder Working Group on Unrecorded Public Rights of Way. The group, consisting of representatives of user groups, landowners and local authorities, was brought together by Natural England to find a solution to recording historic paths many of which have become lost.  Its report, Stepping…

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‘Monumental’ Supreme Court judgment for new greens

March 3, 2010

We are delighted at today’s unanimous judgment from the Supreme Court(1) which orders Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to register Coatham Common(2) as a village green.(3)  The society backed local inhabitants in their bid to register the land. In order for land to be registered as a green, local people need to show that a…

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Norfolk gets results with enforcement on public paths

March 1, 2010

We have praised Norfolk County Council for taking enforcement action on public paths in the county.  Last year the council served a notice on the landowner who had illegally blocked the public footpath which runs alongside Little Hautbois Hall, the £1.8-million Tudor mansion in the parish of Buxton with Lammas.  The landowner gave in and…

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