Monthly Archives: October 2011

Community Involvement in Local Planning: More Information needed

While there has been much furore over the National Planning Policy Framework, equally significant are changes via the Localism bill, such as the introduction of neighbourhood plans; and the enthusiasm to involve local communities in the planning process – which … Continue reading

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UK Grasslands Forum investigates values in grasslands

Sharing experience and ideas is always important for any group of people with a shared interest, and this is as true of grasslands as it is of anything else. That’s why we set up the UK Grasslands Forum earlier this … Continue reading

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From Bad to Worse: planning and wildlife: a case study from Oxfordshire

With all the furore over the NPPF and just how bad it will be for the environment, it is easy to forget that the current planning system is still failing to protect the very best surviving areas of nature, for … Continue reading

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Grasslands Trust response to the Natural England Consultation on the Public Guidance for EIA (Agriculture) Regulations

We’ve just sent this off to Natural England, who are consulting on how to improve the guidance for the EIA (Agriculture) Regulations. This consultation has arisen as a result of the complaint we have taken to the European Commission, so … Continue reading

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East Sussex chalk downland bee and wasp survey results

Entomologist Steven Falk sent me this press release which I reproduce in full. “East Sussex downland bees and wasps get a health check Summary A major study of the bees and wasps of fifteen downland sites in East Sussex was … Continue reading

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