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.
Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS CMath FIMA MA PhD has written an Objection to what he describes as this “highly controversial” planning application – please click here to read it.
An article entitled ‘Stream plan sparks fury’ appeared in the Bournemouth Echo on 12 August 2016, and a letter to the editor from Ailsa Farrand was printed in the Lymington Times dated 13 August 2016.
In this week’s Lymington Times (6 August 2016), Latchmore is the subject of an article headed ‘Vandalism to change stream’s character’ and two letters to the Editor, from Jon Fryer and Kate Nissen, and Dr Fiona Macdonald.
In his New Forest Notes for August, Anthony Pasmore discusses the possible effects on the New Forest, including the HLS-funded Wetland Restoration schemes, of the Brexit vote.
This week’s Forest Journal (28 July 2016) has a front-page article on the proposed “restoration” of Latchmore Brook, quoting our MP, Sir Desmond Swayne, who said “Vandalism is the word that comes to my mind”.
The Latchmore Planning Application and Environmental Impact Assessment are now on the NPA website and you can see them by going to http://publicaccess.