A view from Thanet

Written by Sarah Bowers The Westgate & Garlinge Action Group Against Housing Development committee is a group of local residents that have come together because they are passionate about saving and protecting Thanet’s green space for generations to come. The group was set up in a bid to save Westgate agricultural land from being developedContinue reading “A view from Thanet”

Farming in protected landscapes

“This is a farmed landscape.  Farmers have shaped it for millennia, and are responsible for much of its natural beauty now protected for the nation.” New funding for climate, nature and people in the nation’s special landscapes Farmers and land managers in England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) will be givenContinue reading “Farming in protected landscapes”

Dorset National Park – Summer 2021 Newsletter

Dorset National Park – Summer 2021 Newsletter Dorset National Park Proposal to be Considered Later this Year On June 24th both the Government and Natural England issued statements on how they intend to take forward proposals to improve England’s protected landscapes. The Dorset National Park Team note the immediate priorities Natural England has established toContinue reading “Dorset National Park – Summer 2021 Newsletter”

Government to protect landscapes

Ambitious proposals to create and improve protected landscapes across England Renewed commitment to boost nature recovery and help more people from all part of society access Britain’s most beautiful landscapes From :Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Natural England Published 24 June 2021 Yorkshire Wolds and Cheshire Sandstone Ridge will be considered for status asContinue reading “Government to protect landscapes”

Setting Dorset’s Renewable Energy Targets

A Note on Installations of National Significance & the Setting of Local Renewable Energy Targets By David Peacock BSc(Eng) ARSM DIC MAIME PhD 21 June 2021 1. In its Final Draft for Endorsement of the Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole Renewable Energy Strategy to 2020, published March 2012, the Dorset Energy Partnership (DEP) announced its expectationContinue reading “Setting Dorset’s Renewable Energy Targets”

Senior Landscape Architect’s opinion

Here is the full consultation response sent from Dorset Council’s Senior Landscape Architect to the Case Officer. The Officer notes: “The site is located in a landscape that is highly sensitive to large scale solar PV development, and although the proposals include mitigation measures, I do not consider that these measures would satisfactorily offset theContinue reading “Senior Landscape Architect’s opinion”

SHV Letter of Representation

The Save Hardy’s Vale community group has written a letter of representation to Dorset Council opposing the solar development on material planning grounds. The letter and supporting documents are available here: 1.   SHV LOR ( MAIN DOCUMENT) with Annex 1. Landscape Statement Report Summary  2. SHV Landscape Statement A prepared by Phillip Hanson CMLI of The Landscape PracticeContinue reading “SHV Letter of Representation”

‘Reasonable and Informed’

“In the case of the magnificent panoramic views from the Wessex Ridgeway, the impact on visual receptors will actually be magnified by distance” “The site lies within an intimate valley landscape and an attractive rural area. It has high conservation interest, high recreational value, and high cultural and artistic associations.” Over 40 farming families haveContinue reading “‘Reasonable and Informed’”

A Lady of the Vale

Writes her objections clearly, in plain English to Dorset Council The wrong time? – and definitely in the wrong place! Increasing the amount of energy from renewable and low carbon technologies is helping to make sure the UK has a secure energy supply and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow down climate change. Planning has anContinue reading “A Lady of the Vale”

A lesson in writing to the planners

Ramblers who don’t ramble on! For anyone unsure about how to construct an effective letter objecting to a planning application, Jan Wardell, Footpath Secretary; Ramblers – North Dorset Group and Dr Janet Davis, Countryside Secretary, have presented us all with a mini masterclass! Cogent, to the point, based on pertinent material planning matters and referencedContinue reading “A lesson in writing to the planners”