Category Archives: planning

Costa Verde?

It is horrifying that Lima’s Costa Verde is anything but green and is blighted with development Continue reading

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Chilterns’ future

I have commented on the draft management plan for the Chilterns AONB: mostly good but too laid-back on paths and access. Continue reading

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No to tracks on Naphill Common

Naphill Common in Buckinghamshire suffers from tracks created by adjoining landowners. Continue reading

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What an earth is a ‘well-mannered dwelling’?

There is yet another application to convert Valentine Farm in the Skirmett valley into something inappropriate.  We have seen proposals for a stud farm, the horrible hippopolis of my earlier blog, rejected in 2012.  Now we have an application for a five-bedroomed, two-storey house.  It’s … Continue reading

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Have you ever heard a nightingale, Mr Pickles?

Have you ever heard a nightingale Mr Pickles?  It’s absolute magic, that such a tiny bird can utter such a sweet song.  It is totally idyllic.  But it is a very rare treat nowadays; so many of their habitats have … 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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A ménage of manèges

Horsey activities are fine in the right place, but our Chiltern valley has got enough.  That’s why I was delighted when Wycombe District Councillors overturned their officer’s recommendation and refused an application for stables, manège and associated works at Pheasants Hill, … Continue reading

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