We are delighted to report that at the NFNPA Planning Meeting on 15 November 2016 the committee members voted to refuse planning permission for the Latchmore application no.16/00571. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us so loyally and helped us so much throughout this campaign, but for the time being we all need to continue to keep an eye on any activity in the vicinity of Latchmore Brook.
Latchmore makes the front page again in this week’s (11 November 2016) Lymington Times.
A letter dated 11 November 2016 from our Solicitors to the NFNPA requests deferment of the planning decision pending the NAO report on 30 November and to allow a formal period of consultation for the recently-submitted NE Assurance Report which has been added to the Latchmore application.
Richard Buxton also wrote to the NFNPA on 10 November regarding the restricted time allowed for speakers wishing to address the planning committee at their meeting on 15 November.
Obtained through a Freedom of Information request, a report entitled Management of the New Forest, Hampshire – Restoration proposals for Latchmore Brook carried out for Natural England by Tom Langton, Consulting Ecologist, in May 2016. In the report the author reviews potential species and habitat impacts and related matters in relation to Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) wetland interventions in the New Forest.
The NFNPA Planning Development Control Committee will consider the Latchmore application on Tuesday 15 November 2016. The meeting will be held at 9.30 a.m. in the Chambers at Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG. Please note that parking space at the Town Hall is limited, but there are pay-and-display car parks nearby.
Papers relating to the meeting are on the NFNPA website at http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/394/planning_development_control_committee : the Agenda, the Committee Schedule, and Report Item 1. On the Agenda, Latchmore is the first application to be considered.
Members of the public are allowed to speak to the Committee before a planning decision is taken. If you would like to speak, you should ring Member Services on 01590 646643 or email MemberServices@newforestnpa.gov.uk by 5 p.m. on Thursday 10 November 2016. The time allowed is to be restricted to a total of 9 minutes for all objectors, and 9 minutes for all supporters so unfortunately it is uncertain whether you would get an opportunity to speak, but we encourage you to try.
It would be good if anyone who is concerned about the application would come to the meeting even if you don’t want to speak, if only to show the planners that our campaign is still very much alive. Please get in touch with us if you need any more information.
A report in the Lymington Times of 4 November 2016 gives more information on the National Audit Office investigation into aspects of the wetland restoration projects in the New Forest.
A letter to the editor from Dr Fiona Macdonald in the Lymington Times dated 4 November 2016 deplores the lack of statutory protection afforded to fish populations when stream and mire “restorations” are carried out in the New Forest.
In his column in the Forest Journal dated 3 November 2016, Sir Desmond Swayne MP reports that the National Audit Office will investigate his concerns about Natural England’s wetland restoration projects in the New Forest.
The Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD MP has let us know that the National Audit Office will conduct an enquiry into the use of HLS funds for wetland restoration projects in the New Forest. A copy of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s letter to Sir Desmond is here.
A report in the Lymington Times dated 28 October 2016 investigates.