Category Archives: SSSis

Rampisham Down SSSI Solar Farm: latest developments

I’m taking a close interest in two major developments on public or former public land,  threatening newly designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Lodge Hill, and Rampisham Down. In the case of Lodge Hill, the local Council officers recommended the … Continue reading

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Lodge Hill latest: Housing Minister Lewis ruins Christmas for Medway Planning Committee members

The battle of Lodge Hill has gone a bit quiet since the Rochester and Strood byelection, when all the candidates except Labour were clamouring to be seen as the one true defender of Lodge Hill, despite the fact that both … Continue reading

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The strange case of the missing 10,000ha of Dartmoor Training Area SSSI

A couple of weeks ago, the Government released a list of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in public hands, in response to a question from Caroline Lucas. The list indicated that over 70,000ha of Defence owned land was SSSI. That’s … Continue reading

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Rampisham Down SSSI Solar Farm bid: Tomorrow is decision day

          Solar Farm developers British Solar Renewables have their day in front of West Dorset District Council Planning Committee tomorrow, when their planning application to build a massive Solar Farm on one of the most important … Continue reading

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Director of Lodge Hill Developer Land Securities withdraws from becoming London Wildlife Trust trustee

Here’s an interesting story, just published in the Guardian. A Director of Land Securities, the FTSE 100 company who are the developers behind the planned destruction of Lodge Hill SSSI, was about to be appointed as a Trustee of London … Continue reading

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Mark Reckless MP: destroying Lodge Hill will undermine national SSSI protection across the country

Part of Lodge Hill’s military past: a fictitious Newry Road with Iraqi posters (c) Miles King   Rochester and Strood MP Mark Reckless is nobody’s fool. You may remember that earlier this year I wrote about his tirade against coastal … Continue reading

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Save Lodge hill for its Scrub and its Magazines

military history: a one man concrete pill box at Chattenden (c) Miles King   I am naturally rather depressed that Medway Council unanimously voted in favour of the planning application to build 5000 houses on Lodge Hill and Chattenden Barracks, … Continue reading

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The EU: environmental good or ill?

The next political tremor tomorrow when the Euro elections results are announced, no doubt will be reported by Nick Robinson on the BBC as a Magnititude 10 super quake. Has Farage got hold of polaroids of Nick as a student … Continue reading

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Lodge Hill Grasslands and the NVC

I’ve received this comment from Doug Hulyer, Board member of Natural England, regarding my post about the notification of Lodge Hill as an SSSI. It was good to see you at the Board meeting, Miles. I take issue with your … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Natural England

vanishing meadows – less than 5000ha left in England     Natural England come in for a great deal of stick from other conservationists – Walshaw Moor is a good recent example. But I’d like to praise them for some … Continue reading

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