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.
Friends of Latchmore have written to the NFNPA regarding the addition, after the formal consultation period had ended, of significant amendments to the Planning Application, for which FoL maintain a period of consultation should be allowed. To read the letter, please click here.
An objection to the Latchmore Planning Application has been sent to the NFNPA by Professor Adrian Newton, Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University. In his letter, dated 24 October 2016, Professor Newton cites recently-completed research by a doctoral student in his Faculty, the results of which are directly relevant to the Forestry Commission’s proposals for the “restoration” of Latchmore Brook.
In a Presentment to the Verderers’ Court on 19 October, a local resident who is a consulting engineer gave his professional opinion on why the works proposed for “restoring” Latchmore Brook will not succeed.
A formal complaint has been sent to DEFRA by Professor J G Shepherd CBE FRS concerning Natural England’s management of their HLS programme in the New Forest.
Documents referred to in the letter are available by clicking on the following links: 1) Letter of objection sent to NPA; 2) Comments on “Assessment of Evidence” by Thomas et al; 3) “Assurance Report” by Tim Hill; 4) Comments on “Assessment of Evidence: Assurance Report”.
Comments from Professor J G Shepherd CBE FRS on Natural England’s document “An Assessment of Evidence Supporting a Programme of Wetland Restoration Projects in the New Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest” (Thomas et al, 16 September 2016) are here; and on NE’s “Assurance Report” (Dr Tim Hill, 19 October 2016), here.
To read Natural England’s “An Assessment of Evidence Supporting a Programme of Wetland Restoration Projects in the New Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest: Assurance Report” please click here; and a letter dated 21 October 2016 from Natural England to the NPA regarding the Assurance Report is here.
A comprehensive letter dated 11 October has been sent by Richard Buxton, Environmental Lawyers, to the New Forest National Park Authority on behalf of Friends of Latchmore, setting out the concerns about the planning application for the Latchmore “restoration” works. For a link to the documents referred to in the letter, please click here.
In a letter to the Lymington Times published on 7 October, local resident Beryl Bull cites yet another New Forest stream where “restoration” works have had a detrimental effect on the wildlife in the area. Although the letter refers to the Latchmore application being considered by the NPA planning committee on 18 October, we have had confirmation from the NPA recently that this date has been changed to 15 November. The last paragraph also confirms that the MP for New Forest East, the Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis, has sent a call-in request to the Secretary of State.