An article in this week’s Lymington Times (24 September 2016) includes a statement from the NPA that the Latchmore application will be considered by their planning committee on 18 October. The committee’s decision will be referred to the Planning Inspectorate, following the request by Sir Desmond Swayne, MP earlier this month that the application be “called in” for a decision at a public inquiry.
An article in this week’s (17 September 2016) Lymington Times refers to confirmation by Natural England and the Forestry Commission that the planning application for Latchmore Brook will go through for a decision before the review of wetland restoration in the New Forest is undertaken. A Press Release updating the situation regarding the review has been issued by Friends of Latchmore – please click here.
In the Forest Journal of 1 September 2016, our MP, Sir Desmond Swayne, reproduces the objection he submitted to the planning authority, and calls on the National Park Authority to “Reject this damaging application”.
In his New Forest Notes for September (Lymington Times, 3 September 2016), Anthony Pasmore writes about the threat to the archaeological record imposed by the proposals to “restore” Latchmore Brook; and two letters of support were published in the Lymington Times dated 10 September 2016.
To date, Planning Application No.16/00571 to “restore” Latchmore Brook has NOT been withdrawn, and comments are still being accepted by the NPA. As the formal consultation period expired on 2 September, please now send any comments direct to email@example.com .
A press release has been issued today, please click here to read it.
An article in this week’s (20 August 2016) Lymington Times reports that the New Forest National Park Authority – the Planning Department for the New Forest and also one of the Partners in the administration of the Latchmore Wetland Restoration Project – has already received more than 100 objections to the proposals described in the planning application.
An article in Private Eye for 19 August-1 September 2016 shows that news is spreading.
In response to a Freedom of Information request, the Forestry Commission have provided figures for the cost of the project.
Expenditure to date is £256,657.65 and the estimated total cost of the project is currently £1.5 million.
On 8 August we launched an appeal on the CrowdJustice website to oppose Planning Application Number 16/00571 : Latchmore Wetland Restoration. We are raising funds for a challenge in court which, if successful, will protect this beautiful Forest stream. Please support us by clicking here and making a donation. We are hoping for a really good response to get us started and we have 30 days to reach our target!
We’d be very grateful if you would tell any family, friends or neighbours who you think would be interested and would help us, especially anyone who can spread the word via social networks.
Local residents may be interested to see information on Traffic and Transportation which has been extracted from the EIA accompanying the Planning Application – please click here.