Category Archives: Roads

Highways England – what’s that?

Ever heard of HS2 Ltd? Why yes, you say – it’s that company in charge of building the country’s second high speed railway straight through some of our most precious habitats and threatening, at latest count, 83 ancient woods. How … Continue reading

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On the road again…and again…and again

There have been many gibes made about David Cameron’s desire back in 2010 to lead the ‘greenest government ever.’ However, if his detractors needed additional evidence of the failure of this grand plan to bring about concerted change, they need … Continue reading

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A new National Policy Statement (NPS) for National Road and Rail Networks and what it could mean for woods and trees

The Government launched this consultation document in December last year and  the title alone raises at least two questions: What is A National Policy Statement (NPS)? The 2008 Planning Act introduced a new decision making process for nationally significant infrastructure … Continue reading

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Ancient Woodland Protection – Making a bad situation worse…

Our ancient woodlands have scant protection from development – whether it’s roads, quarries, housing or major infrastructure. We are losing ancient woods year-on-year. We know this because we are contacted by individuals and communities up and down the country, many … Continue reading

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Smithy Wood: When a village is turned green

The case for not building in ancient Smithy Wood is clear; there is no environmental case, a contentious business case and from what I have experienced, very limited public support. In fact I’m still waiting to hear from a single … Continue reading

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Please have YOUR say on the Lobbying Bill

I’m sure most of you will have seen the negative press surrounding the Government’s misguided Transparency of Lobbying Bill – or the “gagging bill” as it has come to be referred as. If enacted in its current form, this legislation … Continue reading

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Angela Smith MP’s passion for saving Smithy Wood

Angela Smith MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, has a number of much cherished Ancient Woods in her constituency, including Smithy Wood, which is sadly under threat from development. She is also Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and … Continue reading

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