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Our local correspondents gather in the Lickey Hills

August 23, 2018

Over two days in mid August, 29 local correspondents, trustees and members of staff met at the Hillscourt conference centre, Rednall, on the edge of the Lickey Hills country park south-west of Birmingham.  It was an opportunity to swap experiences and ideas and to learn more about the range of activities in which the society…

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Government’s planning charter fails to protect open spaces

July 26, 2018

We are dismayed that the revised Natural Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was published on 24 July, gives no additional protection to open spaces, beyond a tiny improvement in wording. The society had objected in the draft to the restrictive wording accompanying the designation of land as local green space (LGS).  The draft stated that…

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Lake District’s plan review may endanger unique landscape

July 3, 2018

We fear that the review of the Local Plan for the Lake District National Park may result in an intensification of activities which are alien to the environment. The society has expressed these views in its response to the consultation on the plan. Says one of our case officers, Nicola Hodgson: ‘This is a unique…

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Government misses the opportunity to protect open space

May 10, 2018

We have criticised the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for its lack of protection of open space.  The ministry has recently consulted on a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), to which the we have responded. In particular, the society believes that the proposed new NPPF undermines the Local Green Space (LGS) designation…

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Appeal court upholds village green registrations in Lancashire and Surrey

April 17, 2018

We are delighted that the Court of Appeal has upheld the registration of village greens at Moorside Fields in Lancaster and Leach Grove Wood at Leatherhead in Surrey.(1) The two cases were heard together and the court has dismissed an appeal from Lancashire County Council which, as the education authority, owns the 13-hectare Moorside Fields.…

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New village green at Camrose in Pembrokeshire

March 20, 2018

The Lambston Parish Residents’ Association in Camrose community, Pembrokeshire, is celebrating the registration of an open space in Sutton as a village green. The one-acre site, just to the west of Haverfordwest, has been enjoyed by local people for informal recreation and social events for decades. Since the owner is not known, the Lambston residents…

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We fight loss of open space in Bolsover

March 19, 2018

We have joined the campaign against a development on land north of Clowne, at Bolsover in Derbyshire. The society has objected to an outline planning application from Waystone Ltd for mixed-use development, including employment land, 1,800 residential dwellings, a retirement village, hotel and much more. We have backed CPRE Derbyshire and others in opposing the…

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A celebration at Wittersham, Kent

February 8, 2018

Twenty-five years ago our member Mavis King succeeded in getting Poplar Farm field and pond, at Wittersham in Kent, registered as a village green, VG235. The 1.5-acre site was threatened with developers and, with our help, Mavis saved it. On 16 November 2017 Mavis unveiled a plaque, which was fixed to a three-ton boulder of…

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We call for new open space designation in Wales

February 2, 2018

We have called on the Welsh Government to introduce a statutory designation for open space, to ensure that it is properly protected and can be enjoyed by local people. The society has responded to the Welsh Government consultation on changes to town and village green legislation in the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.  Town and village…

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The government’s 25-year plan for the environment

January 12, 2018

We are pleased that the government has at last published its 25-year plan for the environment.  It has many fine ambitions, which we applaud, and now we should like to hear more about how the government intends to achieve them.  And of course we are willing to help. Green spaces We particularly welcome the aims…

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