The Latchmore Planning Application and Environmental Impact Assessment are now on the NPA website and you can see them by going to http://publicaccess.newforestnpa.gov.uk/online-applications/. At the foot of the form, type in the number of the Application (16/00571) and click Search.
On 20 July Fiona Macdonald made a Presentment to the Verderers’ Court regarding the threat to fish and other aquatic creatures imposed by impaired water quality after stream “restorations”.
In his article in this week’s Forest Journal our MP, Desmond Swayne, calls for support to stop the proposed infilling and re-routing of Latchmore Brook.
The Planning Application and accompanying Environmental Statement for the proposed works on the Latchmore catchment have been submitted. The website address where the documents can be seen will be posted on this site as soon as it is issued.
We will be fighting vigorously to save this ancient stream and the wonderful biodiversity associated with it. Please join us by becoming a Friend of Latchmore (email@example.com) if you aren’t already (there is no charge), or contact us if you would like to help in any way.
After a close look at the entire course of Latchmore Brook from its source in Claypits Bottom to the Latchmore valley, Margaret Bunyard made a Presentment to the Verderers’ Court on 15 June 2016. She spoke of her concerns about the Forestry Commission’s proposals for “restoration” of the Latchmore catchment based on unreliable mapping, and of more general concerns about “restoration” Forest-wide.
Illustrated reports on recent “restoration” work elsewhere in the Forest (Broomy Inclosure, Harvestslade, North Slufters and Ditchend) can be found here and in the post dated 24 June 2015.
For the second summer running, the Forestry Commission have been working in the bluebell wood in Broomy Inclosure. For photographs and more information, please click here.
Following their concerns about the recent Harvestslade “stream restoration” (see below and here), Burley Parish Council instructed Solicitors to write to the NFNPA regarding the proposed HLSS Wootton Riverine engineering works, which will affect Avon Water within Burley Parish Council’s administrative area.
An updated list of recorded sightings at Latchmore between 2011 and 2016 is here. The list includes several species which are highly endangered, or declining and in danger of extinction.
Burley Parish Council were not satisfied with the Forestry Commission’s response to their Freedom of Information Request for details of the recent works at Harvestslade Bottom (see post dated 6 February, and here) and have written again to the FC asking for fuller information. Copies of additional relevant correspondence are on the Burley Parish Council website here.
The Forestry Commission’s reply to our letter dated 23 January (see below) seeks to justify the recent tree-felling in the upper part of the Latchmore catchment, before the Environmental Statement has been completed, on the grounds that the work “will not invalidate the findings of the EIA”. Our reply is here, and a supporting map is here.