Category Archives: Growth and Infrastructure Act

One hundred Opinions

In the autumn 2018 issue of Open Space magazine I wrote my 100th Opinion article. Continue reading

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The law’s delay

Two cases in the courts put the law right for the public for claiming paths and greens, after a long delay. Continue reading

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Don’t waste our time

The Guardian needs to make clear when online articles are not in the paper so we don’t waste time writing letters for publication about them. Continue reading

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Bypass surgery—a week of political theatre

Thirty years ago today, 27 November 1984, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  It was the end of a frantic seven days.  For, as I wrote in the Open Spaces Society’s magazine Open Space (spring 1985), ‘in an unprecedented series … Continue reading

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Welsh Government tugs its forelock to developers

Wales wants to be different from England—but only when it suits it.  When it comes to allowing developers to destroy green space, Wales is only too happy to copy England’s laws. Yesterday the Welsh Government published its Planning Bill which … Continue reading

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Leading us up the garden path

Yet again we find that this government has acted on prejudice not evidence. When the Growth and Infrastructure Bill was going through parliament, ministers claimed that the number of applications for village greens was increasing and that people were abusing the … Continue reading

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Red light for green spaces

Wildlife and Countryside Link’s report Nature Check is not just about nature. It is an analysis of progress, or lack of, on the government’s 25 promises for the natural environment, which include public access and open spaces for people. A … Continue reading

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