Tag Archives: Roads

Hit the Road Jack

The usual mixture of triumph, alarm and gnashing of teeth greeted the publication of the Government’s Roads Investment Strategy earlier this week. Strong reaction to the laying of an additional 1,300 miles of tarmac was heard from both sides, with … 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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Smithy Wood – Community Unites

While doubling the amount of national parks in his nation, an old American president once said that ‘there can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country’. He wasn’t far wrong. It was something else he once … Continue reading

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